A veteran Los Angeles police captain claims she was so distraught when coworkers shared a fake nude photo of her that she had to be admitted to a hospital on Christmas Eve.
Greg Smith, an attorney for LAPD Capt. Lillian L. Carranza told jurors Thursday that when the 33-year-old department vet found out about the circulated treated photograph, her blood pressure skyrocketed and she ended up in a hospital bed over the Los Angeles holiday, the Times reported.
Carranza alleges in a 2018 lawsuit that department heads knew the “deeply humiliating” nude image was being circulated within the force, along with derogatory comments about her, but never alarmed them. The trial of her suit began this week and she is scheduled to testify on Tuesday.
LAPD chief Michel Moore testified Thursday that the image was intended to “mock, embarrass, harass or slander” Carranza. However, he said after Carranza sued the department in late 2018 and asked him to notify the force’s 13,000 members that the photo was fake, he declined because there was “a viral interest, human or otherwise” and a “potential.” “could create for further embarrassment” while others may search for the image.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in recent court documents, Carranza said she believes parts of her face were photoshopped into the nude image.
“I noticed that the facial features of the woman in the picture were strikingly similar to mine, even though the photo wasn’t actually of me,” she said in a statement. “In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that my own eye appears to have been photoshopped into the image.”
She also said she felt “hurt, abandoned and belittled by my superiors … who took no steps to prevent known harm being done to me and who stood by and watched, encouraged or simply looked the other way as I was taunted, humiliated.” and was humiliated by LAPD colleagues, despite my persistent pleas for help.”
Carranza, who now heads the agency’s gangs and narcotics division, also claims she was a victim in 2013 when a detective officer was arrested via audio who told her she was a “very cute little Hispanic lady” who was “a “Has been exchanged a few times,” according to their lawsuit.
The incidents are part of a sexist culture within the department that subjects women to ongoing verbal harassment, Carranza claims.
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