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Ex-LAPD Cops Accused of False Arrest

September 28, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two former Los Angeles police officers indicted in the beating of a homeless man were named in lawsuits filed against the city by three men who say they were falsely arrested.

Separate cases filed Thursday in U.S. District Court show the plaintiffs _ Alejo Rivero, Glen Hayes and Carl Mitchell _ are seeking unspecified damages for ``wrongful, false and malicious arrest.″

All three men claim officers David Cochrane and Christopher Coppock planted evidence on them to secure a reason for their arrests. They were all convicted of crimes and served time in jail.

Los Angeles Police Department officials declined to comment. There is no phone listing for Coppock, and calls to listings for David Cochrane went unanswered Thursday night.

Police officials have said Coppock resigned from the department in 1999 after allegedly filing a false police report and committing perjury. Cochrane was fired the same year for lying under oath during a Board of Rights hearing.

The two men were indicted last year by a Los Angeles County grand jury for allegedly beating a homeless man, Delton Bowen, in 1997. Trial is pending, and Bowen has filed a lawsuit.

The LAPD has been scarred by scandal in recent years. The largest involved anti-gang officers at the department’s Rampart station accused of robbing, framing and shooting several suspects in the 1990s.

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