The Los Angeles Police Department's inspector general revealed Tuesday that a former officer's disciplinary record fails to accurately show that he violated policy in the way he acted with a handcuffed suspect on whom he used pepper spray.
As a result, the Police Commission asked LAPD commanders to explain why the violation does not appear.
Inspector Gen. Andre Birotte Jr. said the officer's department record indicates the complaint for unbecoming conduct was unfounded when the incident's investigative report said it was sustained.
The work record accurately indicated that a second complaint of unauthorized use of force was not resolved.
At issue is an incident on Venice's Ocean Front Walk in February 2005 in which a bystander using a video camera recorded the arrest of Benjamin Barker, who was accused of attacking a store owner and spitting on patrons.
Civil rights activists were outraged that an unnamed officer, who left the department shortly afterward, used pepper spray on Barker after he was handcuffed and left him in a patrol car with the doors and windows closed so the painful effects of the spray were intensified.