VIDEO: LAPD Officer Under Investigation Over Video Of Him Beating Suspect
Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer is under investigation after cell phone video of him repeatedly punching a suspect during an arrest was given to a supervisor (video below).
The incident occurred on April 27 when LAPD officers were responding to a trespassing call in the 2400-block of Houston Street in Boyle Heights, according to KABC.
LAPD said in a statement that upon arrival, “the two officers made contact with a male trespass suspect and directed him to leave the private property” and an altercation ensued.
A person who lived nearby the scene filmed the male officer and female officer making the arrest across the street from her home.
The video began with the male officer telling the suspect to turn around and put his hands behind his back.
The suspect then faced away from officers with his hands behind his back.
While the suspect's hands were behind his back, the male officer began punching the suspect in the head.
The suspect's hands and feet were visible before the strike, and the suspect made no apparent aggressive motion.
The female officer stood back and seemed to be reaching in as if to help or stop her partner several times, but ultimately, she stayed out of the fray.
In the video, the suspect tried to slide to the right along the fence to avoid the attack, but he did not attempt to turn around, run away, or fight back.
But the officer grabbed onto him and continued to strike the man repeatedly.
The video showed the officer pummeled the suspect with both fists, swinging his arms one after the other, but the man did not fight back and tried to cover his head.
At one point, the video showed the male officer got frustrated with his sunglasses getting in his way as he swung his arms so he threw them to the ground and then yelled “f--ker" as he started hitting the suspect again.
The female officer who was there stood back a couple feet away from the melee and used her radio, ostensibly to call for backup, but still she did not engage.
“What the f--k is wrong with you mother--ker?” the suspect asked the officer hitting him.
“What the f--k’s wrong with you mother--ker?” the officer yelled back. “Shut the f--k up!”
“You’re not cooperating,” the officer said, and then pulled his right arm back as if he was going to take another swing.
The female office in the video flinched as though she thought she was going to get hit, and the officer stopped.
“You’re going to get hit again. Get on the f--king ground,” he told the suspect. “Get on the f—king ground.”
The suspect said something in reply to the officer and the officer told him to shut up again.
That’s when a police car arrived on the scene and two officers jumped out and rushed over to help put handcuffs on the suspect, the video showed.
The female officer stepped back in the video as if she might get in the other officers’ way.
About 30 seconds after backup arrived, a woman in a home right next to the fence where the arrest took place came out to talk to officers on behalf of the man they were locking up, the video showed.
“Get inside!” the first officer snapped at her. “He’s the most friendly guy? He f--king attacked me!”
LAPD said community members provided cell phone video of the arrest to supervisors at the scene, KABC reported.
The supervisor reviewed the video and the officer’s bodycam and showed the footage to his commander.
The commanding officer asked Internal Affairs to investigate the incident, KABC reported.
LAPD said the officer featured is the video has been placed on home duty pending completion of the investigation.
It’s not known if the video given to police was the same footage that has been shared on social media, KABC reported.
LAPD said the officer sustained minor injuries to his hand during the altercation, and the suspect had abrasions on his face and head but refused medical treatment at the scene.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING: Graphic Content and Obscene Language: