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News Release

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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**The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed**


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division is investigating an in-custody death which occurred in the 77th Street Regional Jail.

On January 13, 2020, around 10:00 a.m., Police Officer II Philip Gray, Serial No. 42065 and Police Officer II Ryan Nichols, Serial No. 42081, Southeast Area, transported a private person's arrestee, later identified as Laila Safdari, to 77th Street Regional Jail. Safdari was booked at 77th Street Regional Jail without incident. On January 14, 2020, at 7:10 a.m., Safdari was pronounced dead by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

LAPD's specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and is handling the investigation.




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