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The Disappearing Text Messages

The revelations resulted in Long Beach Police Department in California ending its use of a communications app that automatically deleted messages after five days.

Officers told the I-Unit they had been instructed to use the app, called Tiger Text, for conversations they didn’t want to come out in court.

Long Beach Police Department held a press conference and said they were shocked by the blowback they received following the investigation. The department stopped using Tiger Text and reviewed its protocols for retaining records.

Los Angeles County prosecutors began an investigation into the use of the app and defense lawyers sued the city over police killings,

The investigation also brought the issue of the killing of black men by police and the scope for cover up into the public discourse.