Michelle Jordan, the woman beat-up by LA Police was not too happy when she was stopped by LA Police for talking on her cell phone while driving.
Witnesses say that Jordan, a registered nurse, cursed at the 2 officers who stopped her perhaps warranting a probable cause for an arrest for resisting arrest.
What happened next is disturbing.
She was roughed up, not once but twice and it was all caught on a video from a nearby Del taco Restaurant.
The LAPD released a statement saying that while Jordan was still handcuffed, “another encounter occurred between Jordan and the officers and she was taken to the ground a second time”.
As you can see from the photos, Jordan, the woman beat-up by LA Police suffered a number of injuries to her upper body.
According to NBC4, her attorney Sy Nazif said,
“She made some unwise moves, but certainly nothing that warranted a physical assault from the LAPD.”
Is this a classic example of police brutality?
Do people have to worry that “talking back” to the police will result in being severely beaten?
How much of a threat was the handcuffed woman who stand 5’4″?
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck appears to be taking the matter very seriously. He has gone on the record to say,
My initial review of the officers’ statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force. We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions.
The officers involved include a seasoned veteran with 22 years of service and a probationary officer with only 10 months on the force. They have have been removed from street patrol while the investigation continues.
Yesterday Captain Beck announced that the commander officer overseeing the area in which the beating occurred, Captain Joseph Hiltner, has been disciplined. He will lose salary and some responsibility although he will still retain his Captain rank.
Beck’s strongly worded statement at a news conference yesterday said in part,
I believe the Commanding Officer of Foothill Area was severely deficient in his response. Proper steps were not taken, including appropriate notifications and the removal of the involved officers from the field. Because of these issues, I have removed him from his command and initiated downgrade procedures.
He also said that every Los Angeles Police Officer (LAPD), no matter what their rank, “will be held accountable for their actions”.
The ACLU of Southern California went on record to say, “Any department who finds an officer that’s done that should fire that officer.”
As for the 34 year old Jordan, the woman beat-up by LA Police, she was arrested on suspicion of interfering and resisting arrest and has been released on her own recognizance.