Tires Flattened On Squad Cars Outside LAPD Station In Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police on Friday sought the person who flattened tires on several LAPD patrol cars and other vehicles around downtown Los Angeles.

The vandalism apparently happened between midnight and 2 a.m. along Broadway and Spring Street, between Sixth and Eighth streets, Lt. Paul Vernon of the LAPD’s Central Station said.

An unidentified number of vehicles were vandalized in addition to six police cars parked in front of the Central Station.

“The best description of the suspect is black, wearing a large gray hoodie sweatshirt and black pants, with another sweatshirt tied around the waist,” Vernon said. “While the suspect was described as a woman, it could also be a man.”

Vernon said detectives do not believe the vandalism was connected with the Occupy L.A. movement.

The police cars were vandalized in front of the Central Station at 251 E. Sixth St., Vernon said. Anyone who may have had tires vandalized, or who has more information on the case, was urged to call LAPD Central Station detectives at (213) 972-1242.

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  1. One more year to go says:

    Mmmhmm, blame the black man. I say its shenanigans from occupy. This “movement” wants an official killed in one of these things to start an all our riot. This isn’t Vietnam, this is anarchy trying to rear its ugly head.

  2. karen says:

    Perhaps it’s someone getting back at them for thinking they can do whatever they want!! Tired of being harassed on the freeways. Hit the streets and protect where you belong. Oh wait. Patrolling doesnt make them money. It’s one thing to stop you and give you a ticket but the arrogance is getting annoying. Everyone I speak to says the cops are waiting to pick a fight. Get over yourselves!!

    1. randy says:

      Well, if they are waiting to pick a fight, why have you not been beaten? Get over yourself and stop playing victim. And drive better so you won’t get ticketed.

    2. randy says:

      Additionally, your judgment is countered by facts. LAPD officers use force in less than 1% of all contacts in which they participate, that being traffic stops, radio calls, subjects with guns, and so on. And no, I’m no cop, wouldn’t want the job, just hate posts blaming them for things, without foundation.

      1. Lt. P. Vernon, LAPD says:

        To be most accurate on use of force rates, LAPD officers use force in about 8 arrests out of every 1,000. When you consider how many more contacts officers have with the public that don’t result in any arrest, the use of force rate is far, far lower when compared to the number of public contacts. In the downtown area, officers make about 12,000 arrest per year, with about 70 uses of force. When you consider the high number of mentally ill in the Skid Row area that officers have contact with downtown, the low use of force rate is a credit to them, indeed. And BTW, the vast majority of uses of force involved no injury to the arrestee.

    3. Astonished says:

      Since when does the LAPD make traffic stops on the freeway? That’s CHP territory. And as for arrogance. . . I don’t see it. Not that I get stopped all that often.

      Hey, maybe that’s the problem. You can’t drive and their REALLY tired of continuously having to pull you over and issue citations to you.. . . . . . .

  3. Carl Barnett says:

    Just more stunts from the “occupy” People, or should I say the Acorn Soros Obama affiliates. Look to these three and more for the destruction of the U.S.

  4. Roy says:

    The downtown area where this police department is located sits one block away from “Skid Row” just Google it and you will see why and who possibly flattened the tires. Enough said.

  5. brotha from anotha mutha says:

    A black man wouldn’t flatten the tires, he would just take the whole damn car…LMAO

  6. No Way says:

    Naahhhh!!!!!! It wasn’t an “Occupy Person” or a homeless person, this was a “Disgruntled Former Police Officer” getting back at them or an officer who PO his/her commander.

  7. Joe says:

    I think the police need to hire a security guard to protect there police cars.

  8. Fred says:

    Let me get this straight. The police suspect that the person that did this could either be a woman or a man. Wow that really clears things up.

    1. Say what? says:

      Or an upright walking chimpanzee who likes hoodies and tire flattening.

  9. Sandra says:

    And this is in front of the police station and no cop saw or heard anything? Oh wait…they were at the donut shop. My bad!

    1. Astonished says:

      You have to see the layout of Central Station. The front is blind to the officers behind the counter. Santa and his entire workshop could walk by and they wouldn’t know.

  10. sgt.who giva dam says:

    why be lazy cops ? just get out an change the tire like everybody else.

  11. BOZO says:

    Why are these cars parked at the police station instead of patrolling the gang infested neighborhoods?

  12. Lt. P Vernon, LAPD says:

    To be most accurate on use of force rates, LAPD officers use force in about 8 arrests out of every 1,000. When you consider how many more contacts officers have with the public that don’t result in any arrest, the use of force rate is far, far lower when compared to the number of public contacts. In the downtown area, officers make about 12,000 arrest per year, with about 70 uses of force. When you consider the high number of mentally ill in the Skid Row area that officers have contact with downtown, the low use of force rate is a credit to them, indeed. And BTW, the vast majority of uses of force involved no injury to the arrestee.

  13. gibbion says:

    Police behavior is always equivalent to the citizen behavior-in the us we have a large black population that’s arrogant,aggressive and criminal-as a result of that the police has to protect itself from a savage community-the rest of us pay the price…

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