Several Los Angeles police officers are under investigation after being caught on camera beating and repeatedly body-slamming a woman during what was a routine traffic stop in Tujunga.
Surveillance footage of the incident was first obtained by local NBC LA. It shows the officers pushing her into a squad car, then giving congratulatory fist bumps to each other, celebrating their abuse of the woman.
The woman, Michelle Jordan, is a mother and registered nurse who is from Sunland, California. She went public Tuesday, opening up about her experience. Now she is filing a personal complaint against the officers, according to local KTLA.
Sources from within LAPD tell the Los Angeles Times that Jordan was pulled over at a Del Taco restaurant because officers saw her talking on a cellphone while driving. Officials then claim that Jordan defied the officers’ orders to remain in her car and began challenging them, according to the Times.
The officers then arrested her, slamming her body to the ground twice. Jordan’s lawyer, Arthur Corona, described her a “defenseless woman in a sundress” and asks why officers felt the need to use such aggressive means against his client.
Sy Nafiz, another attorneys for Jordan, said “If anyone on the street attacked an innocent woman, they would be in jail. We expect the LAPD officers to be held to the same standard.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released a statement on the disturbing video and the pending investigation of the two police officers, who for now have been placed on non-field duties. “My initial review of the officers’ statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force,” Beck said. “We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions.”
Beck added “I immediately removed the officers from field duties and assigned one of the officers to home. Additionally, I have directed Internal Affairs Group to initiate a criminal and an administrative investigation into this incident.”
Beck also ordered the video shown in roll call meetings as a teaching tool.
(Article by Jackson Marciana; image via KTLA)