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L.A. County Sheriff's Department Opens Criminal Probe into El Monte Officer's Kick of Prone Suspect

May 15, 2009  | 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday opened a criminal investigation into the videotaped kicking of a prone suspect by an El Monte police officer after a high-speed pursuit the day before, authorities said.

The investigation will examine whether the use of force was a violation of the law and also will probe the actions of a second officer who beat the suspect with a plastic flashlight, El Monte police spokesman Lt. Ken Alva said.

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