LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Several minutes of profanity-laced body-camera footage were released Tuesday for an incident last month in Boyle Heights in which a trespassing suspect was repeatedly punched by a Los Angeles police officer during an arrest.

Body camera footage of a Los Angeles police officer punching a suspect during an arrest on April 27, 2020, in Boyle Heights, Calif. (LAPD)

The more than 17-minute video, which includes narration from LAPD Chief Michel Moore, provides several angles of the build-up and ensuing altercation which occurred on the morning of April 27 in the 2400 block of Houston Street.

Cell phone video of the incident was released last week which showed two officers standing behind the suspect, whose hands were behind his back and his legs spread. Suddenly one of the officers appears to punch the suspect in the head, then continues to punch him. The second officer hangs back and appears to be calling for backup.

“I, along with many of you, watched the third party video that was released last week, and I have serious concerns,” Moore said Tuesday. “Any use of force, justified or not, is difficult to watch. However, this one is disturbing.”

The officer in question, who has not been formally identified, is on paid administrative leave, Moore confirmed.

According to police, the incident began when the officers were dispatched to a call from a property owner regarding a trespasser. The video shows them arriving on scene and directing the man to exit the property, which he does.

As he’s walking down the street with his bike, he begins to engage in a back-and-forth argument with the officer. He then turns and walks back towards him as they continue their conversation.

Eventually, the two officers tell him to turn around and put his hands behind his back. The suspect appears to obey orders.

“Don’t fight,” the officer tells the suspect as he then tries to handcuff him.

“Ain’t nobody fighting,” the man responds.

The officer then appears to unleash a flurry of punches on the suspect and screaming expletives while his partner calls for backup.

At one point he asks his partner to tase the suspect, which she does not do.

When two other officers arrive on scene and help to handcuff the suspect, the officer yells, “you grabbed my hand.”

When a woman from a nearby residence says, “Guys, he’s the most friendly guy, alright?” the officer responds to her, “get inside…he f—— attacked me.”

The officer did not immediately turn his body camera on when he arrived on scene, Moore confirmed. Furthermore, during the fight itself, his camera falls to the ground and does not capture any video of the attack.

It’s his partner’s body camera which captures the crux of the encounter.

The officer sustained a minor hand injury, while the suspect had abrasions to his head and face. He did not ask for medical attention. The suspect had abrasions to his head and face but refused medical attention.

The LAPD Force Investigation Division is investigating the case. The suspect was also released from custody pending further investigation.


Comments (4)
  1. Same As Above says:

    No comments….are people fearful of repercussions?

    It was disturbing to see how there wasn’t true civil human interaction. It is apparent that the man engaged by the officers is homeless. It is also apparent the man is on property where he does not belong. The officers were successful in removing him from the property. The officers did not ask the man if he was homeless or if he needed assistance. There was no threat once the man was leaving…..however, the officers (both officers!) attitudes toward the man even as he is departing may have been what incited an additional interaction that did not end well for any of the parties. Why not have a more positive interaction with the homeless man. Could they along with telling him that he could not continue to squat on private property have offered alternatives available? Assisting our fellow man/woman when they are down and out is an exercise in compassion. Once it was determined the man posed no threat (obviously, we want the officers to protect themselves and the community they serve if there is a threat of clear, present, and imminent danger) and was on his way, instead of the officers displaying an obvious prejudice toward the man, they could have then at that point offered alternative shelter (the man most likely will not take them up on the alternative shelter, but that’s not the reason for the offer, the reason is that the officers are human and the man is human…it is a proper human and civil interaction). It further diffuses the situation, shows compassion for the down and out, and builds a possible relationship that could be helpful to the officers in the future.

    Additionally, it is very disturbing to see an officer so foul mouthed; it exhibits a lack of personal self-control which is so necessary of a person in such a position. As you listen to the abusive officer and the man being abused, there is no difference between the two…..except the uniform.

  2. Joseph Goeballs says:

    People are afraid to comment because they know their local PD will surveil social media of people in their area that are of Contempt of Cop – nobody wants to be labeled as a Person of Interest – as for the cop look how quick his Fraternal Blue Line of Truth union lawyer states the man should have prostrated himself on the ground in the slave position- the Chief knows he can do nothing other than offload this time bomb on another detachment

    Only when cops have to seek their own public liability insurance will their blue brothers speak up

    Don’t worry we will get our reckoning

    And yea this ain’t my name or location ACAB

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