Source: Probe finds praise for Fuhrman
May 31, 1996
Web posted at: 11:15 p.m. EDT
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The Los Angeles Police Department's internal investigation of former Detective Mark Fuhrman has so far failed to substantiate any claims Fuhrman made in a series of controversial tape-recorded discussions with a would-be screenwriter, CNN has learned.
On the tapes, Fuhrman claimed to have engaged in a number of activities that seemed to bolster charges by O.J. Simpson's lawyers that he was a racist, rogue police officer.
A source told CNN that investigators from the department's internal affairs division spent six months interviewing people who were arrested by Fuhrman, as well as current and former prosecutors who handled the cases. Many of those interviewed were minorities, the source said.
Those interviewed had nothing but praise for Fuhrman's conduct, the source said.
During Simpson's criminal trial, Fuhrman's credibility was impeached by defense lawyers, who demonstrated that, despite testimony that he had not used a specific racial slur in the previous 10 years, he had, in fact, uttered the word several times during the conversations with the screenwriter.
On the tapes, Fuhrman also claimed to have witnessed and participated in a number of police beatings of minority suspects.
The LAPD's internal investigation was launched to determine whether Fuhrman's claims were true or exaggerations intended to impress his interviewer.
The California state attorney general's office is conducting its own investigation of Fuhrman.
The LAPD probe will probably conclude by the end of June, the source said.
From Correspondent Charles Feldman
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