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LAPD Launches Internal Affairs Inquiry Into Getaway Driver in Nipsey Hussle Murder Case

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Eric Holder (right) is suspected of shooting and killing Nipsey Hussle (left)

*The LAPD intends to open an internal affairs investigation into why the woman who drove the getaway car for the killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle was turned away when she tried to turn herself in during the manhunt for shooter Eric Holder

According to The AP, grand jury testimony shows the woman went to the police station because her car and license plate were on the news following the March 31 shooting of Nipsey.

“Oh my God,” the woman, whose name has not been released, testified that she told her mother. “My car is on here and everything, and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know this boy was gonna do this.”

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Recording artists Nipsey Hussle arrives at the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Recording artists Nipsey Hussle arrives at the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until the next day, grand jury transcripts show. When they arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer said “don’t worry about it” and “don’t listen to the news.” The woman left the station, and when she returned later to speak to detectives after her mother place another call with the police, she was turned away again. 

Josh Rubenstein, an LAPD spokesman, confirmed in an email Monday that the internal investigation began a few days ago.

“While the initial indications pointed to a miscommunication, we have initiated an administrative investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed,” Rubenstein wrote. “We will review all statements that have already been given, interview all of the individuals involved, and look for any potential body cam video that may have captured the interchange.”

Rubenstein told the Los Angeles Times last week there didn’t appear to be any misconduct, because the woman “was not making herself clear of what she was doing.” He noted that the officer believed the woman was simply reporting about the recording of her car for broadcast on television.

As we previously reported via TMZ, the mystery woman has not been charged in connection with Nipsey’s murder, as she testified under an immunity agreement, meaning nothing she said can be used against her in any future prosecution.

Meanwhile, the woman says she is scared she could be the victim of a retaliation hit. An LAPD detective associated with the case says he investigated her claims and discovered numerous legitimate threats made against her. 

A grand jury on May 9 returned an indictment charging Holder, 29, with murder, attempted murder and other felonies. He has pleaded not guilty.

 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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