VIDEO: Sgt. Under Investigation For Using 'Deadly Force' During Brawl

Kellie Millard has been convicted of battery with injury on a police officer.

Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles police officer’s use of force is being reviewed by the department, after bodycam footage showed him holding a combative woman by the throat during an altercation in January (video below).

The incident occurred in the Devonshire Division at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 6, after officers received a report of a vandalism in the 21500-block of Lassen Street, Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Kevin Brawner said in the video release.

“I’ve got a resident busting out all her windows and threatening the neighbor next door,” the 911 caller said in the audio recording. “I went and talked to her, and she said ‘call the police – I’m waiting for them.’”

The caller said that the woman, later identified as 23-year-old Kellie Millard, was also throwing items out of the window of the home.

An LAPD sergeant was first to arrive at the scene.

Bodycam footage showed him as he got out of his patrol vehicle and made contact with Millard and a second suspect, 24-year-old Carlos Mejia.

“Have a seat right there,” the sergeant told them, as the suspects continued walking. “Have a seat, or you’re going to get sprayed.”

“Oh yeah? You’re going to spray me?” Millard retorted.

The sergeant confirmed that she had heard him correctly, and repeated the command once more.

“Why don’t you f--king shut the f--k up?” she asked.

The sergeant radioed for backup, then turned his attention back to the suspects.

“You don’t f--king command me like that, b---h!” Millard yelled at him. “Shut the f--k up.”

The sergeant ordered her to turn around, but the confrontational woman told him to turn around instead.

“You’re going to get arrested for something stupid,” he warned her.

Millard refused to comply, and told the sergeant that he was going to be arrested for “coming at” her.

She argued that she had done nothing wrong.

“I didn’t threaten no f--king neighbors you little b---h,” she snarled at him. “You’re not even a cop, b---h. I’m walking away.”

As Millard tried to walk around the sergeant, he swiftly deployed a burst of OC spray into her face and took her to the ground, bodycam footage showed.

The suspect continued to fight and curse at the sergeant, at which point Mejia tried to jump into the melee.

The sergeant deployed a burst of OC spray at Mejia, who abruptly abandoned his attempt to help Millard, the video showed.

The combative woman continued to fight with the sergeant, knocking his glasses to the pavement during the scuffle.

The lone sergeant struggled to gain control of Millard, and placed one hand on her throat as he fought his way off of the ground, the video showed.

“I’m going to shoot you,” he warned the screaming woman, who finally told him that she would stop fighting.

The sergeant’s bodycam fell to the ground a moment later, but still captured audio of the altercation.

“I can’t breathe!” Millard repeatedly yelled, as the sergeant radioed for backup yet again.

The sergeant had to continually tell Millard to stop fighting, even after additional units arrived at the scene.

“If you can talk, you can breathe,” one of the officers told her.

“I have asthma!” she fired back. “I have a heart murmur...I’m a woman!”

Millard and Mejia were both taken into custody.

Although Millard had no prior criminal history, she did have two previous contacts with the LAPD’s Mental Evaluation Unit, according to Lt. Brawner

Millard and the sergeant were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.

Mejia was later convicted of one count of resisting arrest, and Millard was convicted of battery with injury on a police officer.

“This particular incident was originally not classified as a categorical use of force,” Lt. Brawner explained. “However, review of the incident by the chief of police has determined that the way in which the officer held the suspect’s throat constitutes that level of force.”

The department has since opened an investigation into the incident.

The Critical Incident Review Division’s findings will be forwarded to the LAPD chief of police, who will then make his recommendations to the Civilian Board of Police Commissioners, Lt. Brawner explained.

The Office of the Inspector General will also conduct its own review of the incident, and those finding will also be forwarded to the civilian board.

The board will determine whether or not the officer’s use of “deadly force” was justified, Lt. Brawner said.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officer’s encounter with Millard and Mejia in the video below:

Comments (69)
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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

You criminals have that option to just give up don’t you. Because you know police’s have rules so you’ll take it as far as you can until you know you’re done. But the police are in it for the fight of their lives when situations like this happen. If the subject, male or female, doesn’t matter, had the upper hand, they wouldn’t stop and let the officer up if the officer was badly hurt or near death, and they would leave the officer to die. I have yet to see a video where the officer got shot or badly hurt, and the suspect called for medical before they left or while they were leaving. But police have to do that. If you have asthma, a heart murmur, or any medical condition that you could trigger by being a bitch, and fighting with officers, why would you do it? As for him pulling his gun, that’s what he perceived at the time. Now the 6 month dissection of the 5 minute dynamic video begins. And all just to see if the officer did anything wrong. In my opinion, and I am entitled to it, he did nothing wrong. She only gave up when she thought she was going to get shot. That’s the problem, criminals will take it as far as they can but when you know you’ll get killed, most of the time anyway, you can just “give up” or “surrender”. And they’re only sorry when they get caught. Unfortunately we have to give a shit about their sob stories of asthma, I can’t breathe, I have a heart murmur, I can’t see, my arm hurts, my feelings hurt because you said to “sit down”. I would love to see any haters, whiners, anti police, or even these administrators be put in a dynamic situation and I’ll bet my money, they’ll do the same or worse. All talk is what those people are.

JBo
JBo

The Critical Incident Review Division, the LAPD chief of police, the Civilian Board of Police Commissioners and the Office of the Inspector General.

I feel left out.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

"I didn't threaten no f!@#$%^ neighbors you little b!#$%" [time passes] "Please, I'm a woman. Please."

Justretired
Justretired

Waiting on the 3 stooges comments.

Cops kid
Cops kid

At 17 I squared off on my old man and learned a lives lesson... Jump up only if you're ready to go down ! Thanks Dad 😇

ladywriter
ladywriter

I don't have a problem with anything the cop did. guess they all want the cops to just use harsh language. she knew exactly what she was doing...sucks to be her.

Trashman67
Trashman67

Apparently, having asthma, a heart murmur and being a women didn't stop her from being an idiot or convicted!!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I see absolutely nothing wrong with what that Officer did. That "woman" as she calls herself could of avoided all that but her childish, disrespectful actions brought on what occured. Great job 👏🏼💙👮🏼‍♂️

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Ah yes, the "I can't breathe" bit. That only applies to fat, black assholes.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

She doesn't have asthma. She wouldn't be able to talk or fight like she did. They don't put something in your heart for a murmur. Pacemakers and Watchmans are for different issues. Doctors repair the hole. And as far as being a woman - no she's not! She's a female. A woman doesn't act like her. That pepper spray burns doesn't it, sh*t for brains. Don't be stupid. Don't use that foul mouth when talking to a cop. Show some respect if you don't want to end up like you did. Your boyfriend didn't care too much for you since he quit as soon as he got sprayed. You are a really stupid, stupid person. You must be a pretty terrible person if your parents were evicting you from the mobile home. The cop did what he had to do to make her comply. Give him a slap on the hand if you must. And a pat on the back as he goes back out into this evil world to keep it safe for the rest of us.

Storm45
Storm45

Good job guys.

LAPD alumnus

Sargejh
Sargejh

Deadly force?! Really? I remember when being the police was fun. No way I’m hell I’d do it today. God bless the ones that are.

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

You do what you have to do to survive this bullshit about a cop is not allowed to defend him or herself and do whatever it takes to win is what they have to do there are no rules in a fight only those that are made by a bunch of pussies sitting behind a desk that I’ve never had to be In that situation

investigator
investigator

She needs her ass kicked!!! He did eveything right!

gfc1963
gfc1963

What 'deadly force'?? Using pepeer spray on a combative criminal?? No way should this cop get wrong for anything he did.

elonwilrn
elonwilrn

I did not see anything that was not appropriate treatment for that peace of trash! When an Officer tells you to sit down You sit down! You dont start calling him a Bitch and continue walking. She got exactly what she deserved . If he got any blood on him from her I would press charges against her!! Good Job Officer!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What a foul mouth entitled bitch!! She needs her ass whooped!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Classic trailer trash. The officer did everything right. This little bitch brought it all on herself. Once again, compliance is key.

Pat1978
Pat1978

"I have asthma!" Ummmm....maybe don't fight the police then.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Imagine the people who raised her!? She learned these behaviors from them.

Badge204
Badge204

He used what force necessary to effect the arrest. Followed his training. Gave proper commands and warnings.

The CHIEF NEEDS TO COMMEND THE OFFICER. The number of police deaths are now 28. In the USA. Stop worrying about offending someone. Be a Chief stand your ground for your DEPARTMENT. That so called women. Said. By witness. Call the Police I am ready for them. It was a set up call. Females, children old folks. Who want the Police and are prepared. Can kill and will kill a responding officer.
A officer by him or herself can and should use what force necessary and trained for to arrest. But most important to protect him or her self in the performance of their a Job. God speed to all law enforcement. A war has started against the wearing of the BADGE

bronx163
bronx163

FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT.

SHE FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON. TOO BAD LAPD HAS BODYCAMS. THEY WOULD OF KNOCKED HER FUCKING TEETH OUT OF HER HEAD.

SHE GOT OFF EASY.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Spinning the Ghetto Wheel of Fortune!!

dsnonnie
dsnonnie

Are you kidding me? You are looking into the LEO's actions? Why don't you desk jockeys leave your Officer's alone and let them do their job? You studying every little detail of a call LOOKING for something they did wrong is why they are treated so badly, why they can't even do their job. There are no "higher-ups" that have their backs anymore! If you weren't there then shut up, you don't know the threat he felt, you are just an armchair quarterback to the entire scene! Leave them alone, dammit!

vwiles34
vwiles34

I must have dozed off I missed the deadly force part. As far as choking her all I saw was him holding her down by her neck. If he'd grabbed her chest she'd be saying sexual assault. Her face and she'd try and bite him. Her screaming and talking the whole time proved she wasn't being choked. If she couldn't breath she couldn't talk and she was doing lots of that. She's just another little foul-mouthed pieces of trailer trash that once she sees she's losing decides to play to the camera and the crowd. I have asthma and a heart murmur and I'm a woman. WOW She had all the bases covered. If they do anything but publicly tell this sergeant good job they are doing a disservice to LEO's everywhere.

61mouse
61mouse

Next the cops will be charged for NOT using fur lined handcuffs

61mouse
61mouse

Instead of I can't breath , next protest will be ' I HAVE ASTHMA shirts to follow

LEO0301
LEO0301

Gosh, I have no idea why so many police agencies are having a difficult time finding people willing to do the job....