The Los Angeles Police Department has placed one of its highest-ranking officials on leave after he was accused of using an Apple air tag to stalk a colleague he was dating.
Al Labrada was placed on leave Tuesday, Sept. 19, according to Police Chief Michel Moore. He is one of three assistant chiefs for the LAPD and has been considered one of Moore's potential successors.
Labrada has vehemently denied the allegations. His attorney, Jeremy Tissot, said the decision to place his client on leave was “standard procedure and nothing further should be read in to it, other than that the matter is continuing to be investigated.”
“We wish to jointly clarify that, in our opinion, what has been reported in the media thus far is false, as to the stalking allegations. The relationship and circumstances have also been mischaracterized.”
Andrew Leventhal, who is also representing Labrada, says an Ontario police report on the incident “mischaracterizes the nature of everything” that occurred.
“There’s no stalking, that’s just a complete mischaracterization. That’s untrue,” according to Leventhal.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.