2 Long Beach police officers arrested on suspicion of filing false reports

Two Long Beach Police Department officers have been arrested on suspicion of filing false police reports, officials said.

Long Beach Police Department officers Dedier Reyes and David Salcedo voluntarily surrendered on Friday, Dec. 3, according to a department news release.

In Feb. 2018, LBPD detectives “discovered discrepancies in the police reports and the surveillance video regarding a firearms arrest,” the release said, referring to inconsistencies between the officers’ actions and their written report.

The man arrested was immediately released and no charges were filed against him. Police did not identify him, and no further details about the arrest were given.

LBPD began a criminal investigation into the officers’ actions and submitted a case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review in January 2019.

Reyes, a 16-year officer who was most recently assigned to the South Patrol Division, was booked for one count of perjury, one count of filing a false police report, and one count of filing a false government document. His bail was set at $2. He was later released from custody on his own recognizance.

Salcedo, a 5-year officer most recently assigned to the same division as Reyes, was booked for one count of filing a false police report and one count of filing a false government document. His bail was set at $1.

Both officers were suspended pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

The police department also “is reviewing previous reports and arrests for each officer,” the release said.

“We have high standards and expectations of every employee,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. When the actions of an individual employee erode the values of our organization, and the public trust all of us have worked so hard to cultivate, we all must be held accountable.”

Luna this week formally announced his bid to unseat Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in next summer’s election.

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