MODESTO, Calif. (KCRA) — Modesto police have launched an internal investigation into an officer after several questionable pictures became public, the department said Tuesday.
Eight photos show several half-dressed women on top of a Modesto police squad car.
Some pictures show an officer pretending to handcuff one woman.
The officer was on duty at the time the photos were taken, according to the Police Department.
“Very disturbing — that’s our taxpayer money that is supporting this,” resident Lee Chee said.
Said Lt. Rick Armendariz: “This is definitely a blemish. This is a mark against the Modesto Police Department, but does not reflect the hard work of the men and women of the department.”
The officer involved in the photos with the women on the squad car has not been employed by the department since 2010, police said.
The reason he is no longer working there is based on a personnel issue, officials said.
Two other photos in question involve a current eight-year veteran. Police said an internal investigation is underway.
Police said the officer in the pictures will remain on duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.