May 5, 1963 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Department||Los Angeles Police Department|
|Years of service||1989–2000|
|Rank||Sworn in as an officer – 1989|
|Other work||Convicted in connection to the LAPD Rampart scandal|
Gino Floyd "Nino" Durden (born May 5, 1963), was a police officer in the elite Los Angeles Police Department Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) unit implicated in the LAPD Rampart scandal. Durden, along with Officer Rafael Pérez, was involved in the shooting and framing of gang member Javier Ovando. Both officers later made false statements against Ovando in court.
Arrest and charges
Durden was arrested in July 2000. According to media reports, like the other officers directly involved, Durden was booked wearing his LAPD uniform.
Durden was charged with attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm in the Ovando shooting, filing a false report and perjury – two counts stemming from the October 25, 1996, arrest of Miguel Hernandez, who was allegedly framed on a weapons offense, second-degree robbery for allegedly stealing jewelry and money from a suspected drug dealer on August 15, 1997, and filing a false report in connection with the February 2, 1997, arrest of Jose Lara, who also was allegedly framed on a weapons charge.
Durden pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to five years in prison on six California state charges, including perjury, filing false police reports and conspiracy to obstruct justice, on August 6, 2002. The sentence was served concurrently with a three-year sentence for federal charges of civil rights violations and possession of an illegal firearm. He was released on April 22, 2005 and placed on parole.
Throughout the timeline of the incidents reported in the Rampart investigation, Durden was working in the LAPD's South Bureau (South Los Angeles) and had worked there since 1997, after the arrest of fellow LAPD officer Rafael Pérez. He was featured in several episodes of the FOX series LAPD: Life On the Beat before his involvement in the scandal became known.