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Video: LAPD Captain Demoted for Rough Arrest

August 30, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Rough LAPD Arrest of Nurse

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has demoted a commanding officer for his handling of the rough arrest of a 34-year-old nurse in a Del Taco parking lot in Tujunga.

Chief Beck had "serious concerns" about two officers' use of force in the Aug. 21 incident, which began when the officers pulled over Michelle Jordan for driving while talking on a cellphone.

In the video, Jordan can be seen getting out of her car, after officers pull her over. The officers can be seen slamming her to the ground, after she approaches them. Jordan is then handcuffed and slammed to the ground a second time.

The officers also appear to give each other a high five.

The officers have been taken off field duties. Capt. Joseph Hiltner, a 34-year LAPD veteran and commander of the Foothill Division, has been reassigned. Hiltner did not report the incident to supervisors or remove the officers from the field, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I believe the commanding officer of Foothill Area was severely deficient in his response," Chief Beck said in a statement. "Every Los Angeles Police officer, regardless of rank, will be held accountable for their actions."

One of the officers involved was a 22-year veteran of the force, while the other was a probationary officer with just 10 months on the job, reports KTLA.

Beck has mandated that the video be played at all roll calls and that commanding officers attend and discuss use of force issues throughout the department.

Tags: LAPD, Use-of-Force Policies, Internal Investigations, Officer Disciplined, Excessive Force


Comments (8)

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TimFromLA @ 8/30/2012 4:44 PM

Wow, a pogue was demoted...big deal. Folks outside of the LAPD, you can get a confirmation on this, but in my years living in Los Angeles, the highest ranking officer or the lowest ranking commanding officer to get beefed is the Captain. Not commander, not Asst or Deputy chief. The last chief who got beefed was Gates...this was before the LAPD was in control of the Mayor's office.

Brandt Hardin @ 8/30/2012 5:54 PM

When will we start holding officers accountable for their brutality and excessive use of force? It seems the more these situations arise, the more they are ignored and even justified. Over 20 years after the Rodney King incident and what has changed? We live in a country which profits from violent policing. Read more about how our justice system has run amuck at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-privatized-police-state.html

crispiaranger @ 8/30/2012 6:31 PM

Its not only the apparant excessive use of force that bothers me, its the stupidity knowing that THERE ARE CAMERAS ALL OVER THE RUDDY PLACE NOWADAYS. There is no privacy as a cop. Someone somewhere will be watching. WAKE UP!

Capt David Ret LASD @ 8/31/2012 11:43 AM

Poor video and not enough evidence, in my opinion, to little BUY I did have to make captain twice on something like this..that I was supposed to have known but didn't..politics!

Bob@Az. @ 8/31/2012 1:02 PM

And another insipid rant from timmythesheepla. Wonder what occured in timmys past to make him such a moron? Maybe the thought of standing up for someone else and getting in harms way has sent him back to the womb where he was safe. Again, Blues stay safe.

Pete Malloy @ 8/31/2012 10:24 PM

TimFromLA - You're incorrect my friend. Deputy Chief Carter was demoted in his handling of the Macarthur Park May day incident 3 or 4 years ago.

LAPD has no control over the Mayor's office. That clown owns or thinks he owns the whole town. . .

westley west sr @ 9/3/2012 11:06 AM

rodney king started this mess and if the court system worked he would have been in jail. he went thru several counties risking the police and citizens lives they rewarded him with millions the recording was cut to appear he was a victim he got what he deserved in the pool loaded. the system is brokedown to allow criminals rights no mater how wrong they are. the picture of t. martin fla. showes what he is, so they put a picture of t.martin at 12 yoa a justice dept, news , and govt gone wild,crazy,and stupid

westley west sr @ 9/3/2012 11:06 AM

rodney king started this mess and if the court system worked he would have been in jail. he went thru several counties risking the police and citizens lives they rewarded him with millions the recording was cut to appear he was a victim he got what he deserved in the pool loaded. the system is brokedown to allow criminals rights no mater how wrong they are. the picture of t. martin fla. showes what he is, so they put a picture of t.martin at 12 yoa a justice dept, news , and govt gone wild,crazy,and stupid

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