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LAPD Chief Seeks To Fire 4 Cops In TASER Incident

November 19, 2012  | 

Photo: Paul Clinton
Photo: Paul Clinton

Four Los Angeles police officers are under scrutiny after one TASERed a handcuffed woman while joking with others at the scene, according to interviews and law enforcement records.

The video taken of the December 2010 arrest shows Officer Jorge Santander firing the Taser without warning and later displaying a Superman logo he wore on his chest beneath his uniform, according to records. Off camera, another officer is heard laughing and singing.

Santander then appeared to lie about the incident repeatedly in written reports. The three other officers who witnessed him stun the woman corroborated his version of events when first questioned and failed to tell supervisors that a video of the encounter existed, records show.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

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S.S @ 11/20/2012 7:45 AM

There really is no defense to this incident. We as officers are suppose to act responsibly. The officers did not act like professionals, and on top of it they lied. Sorry fellas this one's on you all.

Jason Barnes @ 11/20/2012 9:51 AM

One factor leading to incidents like this is LAPD's affirmative action hiring/retention considerations. To get more minority officers, LAPD has a policy of overlooking serious background issues including violence and criminal activities. When LAPD puts more emphasis on getting "diversity" than quality incidents like this can be foreseen. The "diversity rather than quality" hiring policies were a major issue in the infamous Ramparts Div. scandal, in which most of the officers involved would never have been hired if not for the affirmative action policies.

Dennis @ 11/21/2012 9:21 AM

The world is a far different from years past. Camera's, including cell phone cameras are everywhere and the world, in this case, cops, don't seem to notice. Similar to most agenices in this State, no non-sense rules are now solid and you will lose your job for dumb stunts. What's far worse, the lies that followed. I am retired CHP and although I screwed up more than once, the truth is always the better route. I support the terminations of the officers involved.

cwaldron @ 11/29/2012 11:17 PM

I've been amazed, in the last 20yrs that I've work as a road patrolman, I've found myself thinking. When I started it was as simple as filling out an app talking to the chief and being sent out to work after a couple weeks on my own. The chief was clear about a few things..this career has the greatest of responsibilities and Everyone in the City expected the Chief to do whatever legally possible to protect its citizens or he would no longer have his job. So if for any reason I didn't do my job I would be out of one. Lie,ur Fired, Break the Law with the intent of any kind Fired, miss use equipment Fired, failure to follow orders, Fired.. simple.. be an adult,do what's right and expected of you by those intrusting you to do so..Or your and work as an example.. I say FIRE THEM WITH OUT QUESTION..

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/1/2013 10:41 PM

Every agency with issued tasers has taser abuse. It's called making someone "dance" and it is done frequently just to have fun with someone. This has backfired several times over the past few years getting LEO's killed but they the LEO's, caused the incident and got exactly what they deserved from the person tased. Not all people tased are ever arrested nor have they ever committed a crime. The police officer was making the person dance just for the fun of it. In any illegal arrest or stop just to torture someone then that person has the right to fight back at the same or higher level of force to subdue the police officer. FIRING THEM AND THE PERSON SUING THEM AND THEIR DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE EXPECTED. If I were on that jury I'd give the victim 200 million dollars for an assault by a taser.

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