LAPD Officer Under Criminal Investigation For a Violent Arrest, While on Paid Leave. — This was Caught on Cellphone Video.
Fact: A uniformed LAPD officer repeatedly striking a man during an encounter in Boyle Heights Los Angeles late last month.
Fact: The incident happened on April 27 in the 2400 block of Houston Street, near Soto Street, according to the Police Department.
Fact: An initial verbal exchange between the man and the male officer is unclear, but the officer begins striking the civilian at least nine times in the head, from behind, while screaming expletives. The man crouched down as he asked the officer, “What is wrong with you?”
Fact: The attack lasted about 20 seconds, video shows.
Fact: The female officer at first stood behind, then apparently placed her hand on her partner’s arm before he could throw another punch.
Fact: Police Department officials said they learned about the “disturbing video” the same day the incident happened, and that the agency “took immediate action.”
Fact: LAPD did not say what may have prompted the officer to begin punching the man, only stating that a “physical altercation occurred” between the trespassing suspect and the officer.
Fact: The officer sustained minor injuries to his hand, while the suspect suffered abrasions to his head and face, LAPD said.
Fact: It took this Video to surface online showing this before anything was mentioned to the public.
Fact: “While we are withholding judgment on the actions of the involved officer at this time, the officer has been assigned home pending further investigation,” the LAPD said in a statement. So this cop is on paid leave.