Kraut Law Group
Officer Kevin Okamoto has agreed to go on paid leave after the Pasadena Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's departments launched separate investigations into alleged misconduct by the former detective.
Okamoto and top department officials agreed it would be best if the officer accused of sitting on evidence in a criminal case agreed to take paid leave for an undetermined amount of time, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls said Thursday.
Okamoto failed to provide audio recordings and witness contact information to attorneys involved in the criminal charges brought against Edward Damas for a 2009 bar fight.
Much of the evidence was considered exculpatory by Damas' lawyer Michael Kraut, who said the investigators need to give a hard look at the current and prior allegations made against Okamoto.
"I am hoping while Okamoto is out on leave, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Pasadena Police Department will go through his file, and go through the many complaints concerning false statements and make an honest determination whether this cop should remain a peace officer or face criminal prosecution himself," Kraut said.