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Video: Judge Claims UCLA Police Used Excessive Force on Him

November 26, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Judge Claims UCLA Police Used Excessive Force on Him

UCLA is conducting an internal investigation into allegations by an African American judge that excessive force was used by campus police officers when they stopped him on suspicion of not wearing a seat belt, the Los Angeles Times reports.

UCLA officials say David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president, ignored officers' orders to stay in his car.

Cunningham has filed a complaint against the officers, saying they shoved him against his car, handcuffed him and locked him in the back seat of their police cruiser.

"During the course of the traffic stop, police officers instructed the driver to stay inside the vehicle and returned to their patrol car to run a routine license and registration check," UCLA said in a statement released late Monday afternoon. "Despite these instructions, the driver left the vehicle – an escalating behavior that can place officers at risk."

Comments (14)

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Troop @ 11/26/2013 2:47 PM

The judge knows better but since he thinks he is above a lowly police officer he was going to do as he pleased.

HRPufnstuf @ 11/26/2013 2:48 PM

If anyone, a judge should know that you must obey a lawful command from an officer, which includes staying in your car when told to.
Sounds like he needs an arrest for obstruction, with a sentence of having to go through law school again.

Jorge A. Ramirez Ph.D. @ 11/26/2013 2:52 PM

I totally agree with the officers. These individuals, like the judge who have never worn the badge Don't understand and think they should be tolerated and have special treatment.

OFC F. Acevedo @ 11/26/2013 4:11 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous. The judge suffering mental distress? Please! The judge is a crook and I'm sure the officers were justified in there actions. That judge in my opinion knows what to look for and hence, could have easily placed those marks on his wrist by applying extra pressure while seated in the back seat. I'm also sure that the judge also was acting a fool and so be the case that the officers had to fall on there training to restrain that genius! I hope the officers walk away from this one.

Evelyn @ 11/26/2013 5:03 PM

The judge knows the law and understands it. He did this on propose to make the police look bad and him the poor mistreated. He knew not to get out of his car. He knew what the police were doing, running a check. There was NO reason to get out of his car except to start trouble.

murgy01 @ 11/26/2013 6:41 PM

Sounds like a trap to get some deep pocket money. Probably didn't get enough kickbacks on the bench...Shame on him ...

Terry L. Kiser, Sr. @ 11/26/2013 8:44 PM

This guy thought he was "somebody" and didn't have to follow the rules. He's sure as hell not deserving of the title "judge"

Ret. Motor Boots @ 11/26/2013 10:39 PM

what kind of judge???...divorce court...probate...SMALL claims...

Greg @ 11/27/2013 4:58 AM

Gee, a black judge with attitude? Naw, that can't happen. It's tough being special and having others not recognize just how "speshul" they are.

Capt. Crunch @ 11/27/2013 12:40 PM

The judge was wrong, but the officer should have respected the judge's title and not get into a pissing contest with the judge. If the officer respected the judge and extended professional courtesy to him there would be no hard feelings between the officer and the judge and maybe during the officer's career he would be able to get a legal favor from the judge. I personally would rather be on the good side of any judge.

EODK9Trainer @ 11/28/2013 5:40 AM

WTF Capt. Crunch?

PatrolMSGT @ 11/28/2013 6:50 AM

I knew a Judge that was charged with DWI. And the Judge did not act as this man did. The Judge showed respect towards the Officer/s involved. The Judge did not exit the vehicle until told to do so. The Judge is still highly respected by the local Officers more then ten years later. Even after getting a conviction for DWI. Race; Black Sex; Female. So it's not who you are but how you carry yourself and treat others. To sum it up sounds like the Judge tried to act like a thug. And found out that doesn't work very good. He needs to be dis-barred.

Capt. Crunch @ 11/29/2013 11:06 AM

@ EODK9Trainer, What does the "Wrestling Takedown Federation" have to do with my comment ? LOL

Cal Green @ 11/30/2013 6:51 PM

This judge thinks he's above the law.

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