10 Los Angeles police officers benched pending protests response investigations

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A week after the Los Angeles Police Department launched investigations into 56 misconduct complaints that occurred during recent anti-police brutality protests, 10 officers were placed on desk duty, officials said.

PHOTO: In this May 31, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles police officers arrest a demonstrator in Los Angeles.  (Ringo H.w. Chiu/AP, File)
PHOTO: In this May 31, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles police officers arrest a demonstrator in Los Angeles. (Ringo H.w. Chiu/AP, File)

Police said that 56 complaints were reported as of June 10 and resulted in seven officers being assigned to "non-field duties." As of Thursday, three more officers were pulled from the streets and placed on desk duty, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

The department said in a previous statement that they were investigating "allegations of misconduct, violations of department policy, and excessive force during the recent civil unrest."

PHOTO: A demonstrator is taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect in Los Angeles, June 2, 2020. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
PHOTO: A demonstrator is taken into custody after the city's curfew went into effect in Los Angeles, June 2, 2020. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Demonstrators in Los Angeles and across the country took part in anti-police brutality protests, which were mostly peaceful, yet some escalated into riots and clashes with officers.

PHOTO: Black Lives Matter protesters fight with supporters of US President Donald Trump as police try to break up the clashes during a demonstration due to the police killing of George Floyd in Huntington Beach, California, June 6, 2020. (EUGENE GARCIA/EPA via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: Black Lives Matter protesters fight with supporters of US President Donald Trump as police try to break up the clashes during a demonstration due to the police killing of George Floyd in Huntington Beach, California, June 6, 2020. (EUGENE GARCIA/EPA via Shutterstock)

The ongoing rallies are in response to the death of George Floyd who was allegedly murdered at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- after former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd's neck.

MORE: LAPD launches over 50 investigations into officer misconduct during the protests

Of those complaints, 28 alleged use of force.

Los Angeles County spent $58,440,262.23 in police misconduct lawsuits for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according the county's Chief Executive Office. That figure included $10.6 million in legal fees and other court costs.

PHOTO: FILE - In this May 31, 2020, file photo, a police officer arrests a woman as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in Los Angeles.  (Jae C. Hong/AP, File)
PHOTO: FILE - In this May 31, 2020, file photo, a police officer arrests a woman as protests over the death of George Floyd continued in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP, File)

There are 40 investigators looking into every complaint thoroughly and will hold every officer accountable for their actions, police said in a previous statement.

"It is a long process. We appreciate your patience," said Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD spokesperson.

PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard as he attends a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, June 8, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard as he attends a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, June 8, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Anyone who believes they were wrongfully accused of a crime, unjustly injured, or experienced misconduct at the hands of an officer can make a complaint with the department's Internal Affairs Group hotline at 1-800-339-6868, police said.

For complaints specifically related to the protests, individuals can email ProtestResponse2020@lapd.online or make a complaint through the Office of the Inspector General at 213-893-6400 or oigcompl@lapd.online.

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