A $10-million lawsuit filed today on behalf of the 6-year-old son of a man killed by the police department’s Special Investigations Section called the secretive unit a “death squad” and said it should be disbanded.
The special unit is a “cadre of LAPD officers whose mission (is) to execute persons targeted,” according to the suit filed in federal court in the name of John Crumpton IV. The boy seeks general damages and punitive damages for the loss of his father, John Crumpton III, 33, who was killed after he allegedly robbed a Burbank bank Sept. 15, 1982. “They let him rob the bank, intending to murder him after the robbery,” the lawsuit said. Police officials were not immediately available for comment on the suit.