Brian Weir, senior patrol officer with the Beverly Hills police department, filed a labor dispute last week claiming that Los Angeles detective Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall removed a sheet covering Whitney Houston’s naked corpse and remarked, “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?”
As previously reported by NewsOne, Houston was found face down in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012. Her autopsy showed that she died from a drug overdose.
Weir claims that he has faced retaliation from the Beverly Hills police chief and other officers for his claim.
“We will be looking into the allegations made in this claim, but we were not aware of any inappropriate behavior or comments made by any officer at the scene,” Beverly Hills Police spokesman Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told CNN Wednesday.
“No formal complaint was ever filed with the police department by Weir or anyone else, Hoshina said. “How can we retaliate against him for reporting misconduct if we weren’t aware of any misconduct?”
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Weir’s complaint, filed on September 11 with California’s labor department, said he covered Houston’s body with a sheet “to prevent contamination or potential DNA and other potential evidence on the body” and to “preserve the dignity of the remains.”
It said that Nutall — who was assigned to investigate fraud, forgery and auto burglaries — “knelt beside and leaned over the decedent, removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body of the decedent to an area below the pubic region of the decedent’s body and came in close proximity to touching the body of the decedent while making inappropriate comments to the effect and substance that the decedent ‘looked attractive for a woman of her age…”