68-Year-Old Tasered, Shot With Bean Bags In Fight With LAPD

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Police Department said Monday that they arrested a 68-year-old man Friday after he attempted to ram several police cars with his vehicle.

The violent confrontation included three police officers using Tasers on the man as well as shooting him with beanbags.

The incident began around 4:45 a.m. Friday in an area of Los Angeles near Culver City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Michael Lasky suffered fractures around his eyes and two broken ribs as police subdued him with bean bag shots and Tasers, according to the LAPD.

LAPD officers from Pacific Division attempted to stop Lasky’s car after they allegedly witnessed him driving erratically. A chase ensued and officers reported that Lasky made a U-turn and attempted to ram several police cars with his vehicle.

Police finally used a PIT maneuver to force his car to a stop at the intersection of Elenda and Arizona avenues in Culver City, officials said.

Lasky was ordered out of his car but refused to comply with the order, police said. Officers then broke the car’s driver- and passenger-side windows and again ordered him to exit his car.

LAPD officers Osmani Baeza, Efrem Hunter and Brittany Borja then shot Lasky with their Taser guns and Officer Walter Leiva then shot Lasky twice with bean bags, police said.

During the confrontation, officers alleged that Lasky repeatedly ordered his pit bull dog to attack the police. It is unknown if the dog followed Lasky’s direction, and there’s no report of the officers shooting the dog with their weapons.

After Lasky was finally subdued, Culver City paramedics transported him to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, the LAPD reported. Lasky was then booked for “assault with a deadly weapon with a vehicle on a police officer,” the LAPD reported.

LAPD’s West Traffic Division was handling the assault with a deadly weapon investigation and the department’s Force Investigation Division was conducting the use of force by the officers, the LAPD reported.

Anyone with information on this incident was asked to call the LAPD’s West Traffic Division at (213) 473-0220.

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  • Stupid White Trash

    Deport him!

    • Not newsworthy

      Where to Mexico

    • Ugh!

      I don’t believe “Lasky” is a Mexican name, and I’ll bet you agree with me. I think you’re just wanting to let off a little of your racist anxiety. You might want to get professional help for that, Stupid White Trash.

      • James

        Ugh, your name sounds foreign. You need to be deported, too.

  • Ugh!

    Go police! I don’t care what your age is- if you act like a criminal you’re gonna get treated like one.

    • No one

      Criminals are human beings. Perhaps they should be treated as human beings.

      • Laughing in el monte

        Let’s imitate Gaddafi’s treatment of fellow human beings.

      • Ugh!

        @ No one – Uh, no. Criminals are not human beings. They’re animals. I have zero sympathy for people like Mr. Lasky. I suppose you think he would’ve been justified had he actually killed one of the police officers. right? Your perspective on law and justice is skewed,

  • Steve

    It’s okay. They used old bean bags.

  • Johnny

    Well, at least they didn’t Murder the man THIS time…
    is this a Violation of LAPD protocol?
    An Investigation is Needed….
    Ohhhh, that’s right… “Lasky” is a White Name!

  • swhitS

    They have to taser, hit him with bean bags, fracture his eyes and break his ribs??? He is 68yrs old. What is wrong with this picture?
    If you can’t talk a guy out of his vehicle with respect and some sort of understanding then you have no business being in the business of protecting and serving. Whatever happened to the friendly policeman?
    Did they even ask the guy if he was suffering a heart attack or if he was having a reaction from a med before belting him one? All they had to do was reach in and take the keys and wait until he got hungry enough.
    Enough of this violence from cops please.

    • Laughing in el monte

      Explain how I might talk an intoxicated/drunk/medicated/belligerent driver out of his vehicle with respect and understanding. Or, are you suggesting we staff more hostage negotiators, for $150000 each plus overtime and hazard pay, at every police station 24/7/365 in this economic climate?

    • observer

      it’s Protect our authority and Serve ourselves.

    • Scott

      swhitS, how about YOU respond to these calls. We will give you a radio, a car and send you to calls for service. No gun, no pepper sray, no tasser no nothing because you seem to have the ability to talk to people and hey, you could go to those bank robberies too and talk the bad guys (oh, is “bad guys” too harsh?) out of their fully auto weapons! That’s it, you are hired!!

  • Mini Mousekat

    Hey…. I have a brilliant idea. Why don’t we all just start following the rules? Then, there would be no problems like this! WHEN A COP ATTEMPTS TO PULL YOU OVER, PULL OVER AND OBEY!!! Even if you are 100, the laws are for you too. It’s not difficult.

    • Ugh!

      Exactly, Mini Mousekat! It’s not rocket science, people. Just obey the law.

  • So what!!

    He must of been white thats why they didnt kill him!!!!!!!!

    • Laughing in el monte

      Bullets cost more money and more hours of administrative follow-up paperwork. It’s not about race, it’s about cost control.

      • So what!!

        Its all about race!!! Wake up…..

      • Laughing in el monte

        You make a great lawyer…

  • Lenny

    This seems like a measured systematic approach. At least on this occasion they didn’t batter him over 50 times with a baton.
    Good work LAPD.

  • Jack

    Send him to Mexico!

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