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LAPD Officers Body Slam Nurse During Tujunga Traffic Stop

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation following the alleged brutal arrest of a mom during a routine traffic stop at Del Taco in Tujunga.

Los Angles Police Department will conduct an internal investigation into what happened last week when two officers allegedly used force to arrest a 34-year-old woman for an apparent cell phone violation, according to Huffington Post

Michelle Jordan of Sunland was pulled over by two LAPD Foothill Station officers during a traffic stop near Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Street, at Del Taco about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to a LAPD news release. 

A business surveillance camera captured the incident on video, which was first obtained by NBC4, and shows officers body-slamming Jordan and giving each other what appears to be a congratulatory fist-pump. 

Jordan exited her car and allegedly began a confrontation with the officers, according to LAPD. She was taken to the ground and handcuffed. While still handcuffed, Jordan and the officers began a dispute and the officers took her to the ground a second time, authorities said.    

She was arrested and booked on suspicion of interfering or resisting arrest. She was later released on bond.  

Based on Jordan's statement during arrest and what LAPD's Internal Affairs Group investigators saw in the surveillance video, a personnel complaint was initiated against both officers, officials said. 

Both officers, whose names were not immediately released, were assigned to non-field duties pending the investigation, police said. One officer has 22 years of service and the other officer is a probationary officer with 10 months on the job. 

"My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in a prepared statement.

"We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions," Beck said. 

Authorities urge anyone with information to please call LAPD's Foothill Area Watch Commander at (818)756-8861 or Internal Affairs Group at (213) 485-1486. 

Brian August 30, 2012 at 08:31 PM
OUTRAGEOUS. NEVER in the United States of America should citizens allow this type of treatment / behavior by police officers. These goons then filed false police reports and high-fived each other following their takedown of this woman - indicative of a pattern of assault and coverup within LAPD. Next, we hear from Charles Beck that one commanding officer 'was demoted' while the other two goons 'were taken off street duty pending investigation'. Let me tell you what SHOULD happen: Both street goons should be arrested and charged with multiple felonies; a) Filing knowingly false police reports, b) Felony assualt on a handcuffed woman, d) Assualt with intent to do great bodily injury, d) the commanding officer should be fired as well as the two street goons. It is very clear how uttely corrupt this department is.
Brandt Hardin August 30, 2012 at 11:36 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
Donna Roberts August 31, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I'm with you, Brian. Somehow I am doubtful any of this will happen. Who really polices the police??
RT August 31, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This isn't just happening at LAPD. I've been pulled over or had interactions with officers of other police departments where they talk down to you or act like smart asses. What happened to courtesy for the public citizens that they are supposed to be protecting. The culture now seems to be that police think they are better than the rest of us and that they will prove it with the power they have been given. Chalie Beck, Lee Baca, and every other top law enforcement official should be put under immense public pressure to change this culture and hire competent men and women who want to serve their community, not control it by force.
Donna Evans (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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Hello September 01, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Here's a tip...if you're caught breaking the law take your ticket and fight it in court. If you're going to exit your vehicle and have a 'confrontation' with police well you may get injured. Too many people in America think it's their God given right to do what they want. Without the police this country would be Somalia...oh isn't that a nice place. Yes there are bad cops...just like there are bad drivers, bad teachers, bad priests, bad politicians...and yes the police are policed because bad cops usually end up in jail. The police usually have cameras in their cars so maybe you should turn on your IPhone if you're so afraid of the big bad police. Oh and next time you shoot your mouth off and your neighbor kicks your butt don't go running to the police for help.
Brian September 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
@Hello: QUIT MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE INDEFENSIBLE !!! This is FELONY assault with intent to do injury and filing false police reports. These thug cops acted exactly like 1930s Nazi Germany SS goons. Where is the backbone in our society where people like yourself are now make poor asinine excuses for this type of ILLEGAL police performance?? Wake up. You may have come from Somalia but believe me, we aren't going to tolerate this crap in this country by taxpayer funded police or any others. POLICE ARE NOT DRAFTED, THEY CHOOSE THEIR CAREERS. "Any people willing to surrender basic liberty for security, deserve neither." - Benjamin Franklin
Brian September 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
FYI - When a cop(s) file false police reports, that is indicative / evidence of coverup. Evidence of guilt is evidence of coverup. Evidence of coverup is evidence of guilt. Real simple concepts - @Hello
Stephanie September 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Where did the information about filing a false report on this come from? I never saw anything about that in all the reports. I think that when you are pulled over by the police you should comply with their orders, wether your guilty or not. Do you think being rude or combative is going to get them to let you go? I seriously doubt it. Take the ticket, and fight it in court. Why risk getting hurt, or arrested over something like talking on a cell phone. Cops put their lives on the line for the public every time they get out of the car, they deserve respect, and cooperation while doing their jobs. How many times have you wished that someone distracted by their cellphone use while driving, would be caught. Yes things got wayyyy out of hand, and the cops were wrong also, but let's not revolt against the system because of a few loose cannons. Respect earns Respect Period.
Brian September 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The LAPD Foothil Div. did not account in their written reports that they had slammed the woman face first into the pavement while handcuffed. That fact was conveniently omitted in the reports; that therefore means the police report was FALSE & misleading. Any more questions? Nowhere In this country is it legal for cops or civilians to slam a woman face first into the pavement while handcuffed as a result of verbal non-compliance. Is that clear? Furthermore, this is how 1930s Nazi Germany SS gestapo thugs treated their own citizens. Is this type of police perfromance OK with you?? It isn't OK here in the America we know. And by the way, police and sheriffis are NOT drafted; they chose their career and line of work willingly; therefore they should be held accountable to a higher standard.
Marsha November 30, 2012 at 08:14 AM
I read this in tears of empathy and feel gratitude for people like you who're willing to look, care, speak against lies and corruption. Twice I've experienced being brutalized by police. Nine years ago and a second nightmare a couple of years ago. First time was sleeping in on a Sunday morning about nine years ago around 10:30AM. My dad was dying and was his birthday. Didn't want to wake and have to remember it. A banging at my door. Was raining for two weeks. They said "It's police." Open up. Opened the door and left the security screen locked. They said someone from my house called 911 and had to come in and search my house. My phone was out of order from rain. I told them to call phone repair to see. They refused and demanded entrance into my house. I went out onto my porch. They grabbed me, yanked my arms up high behind my back, handcuffed me and dragged me screaming in pain to their car refusing to acknowledge they were hurting me.
Marsha November 30, 2012 at 08:20 AM
2ed time had just left home to meet my 83 year old mom who has Parkinson's, in a parking lot for a movie. Was over 100 degrees. She can't stand up or take heat. A cop zoomed up behind me after I stopped at a stop sign at an intersection. He told me I stopped over the line. I hadn't because it's a dangerous intersection, important to stop, always or get hit. He was up the block, couldn't have seen accurately. I told him my mom was ill, old and couldn't stand and wait in the heat. He screeched rudely at me telling me to be silent, not speak yelling at the top of his lungs. I cried at my mom waiting and shaking in the heat. The more he saw me cry the more violently he screamed. Each time I pleaded to let me go he became more violent. I really thought he was going to shoot me. I became hysterical worrying about my mom. He kept me there 25 minutes. I was shaking and a total wreck. Reported him and they covered it all up twisting the account of what actually took place. I am disgusted, betrayed and mistrust most of them. Seeing what they did to this lady brings it all back.
Marsha November 30, 2012 at 08:22 AM
As for those here who defend them. You have the right of your opinions and freedom of speech. I wonder how you would react if it were your mother, sister, or wife or child who was injured, bullied, brutalized, terrorized, etc. It's easy to be self-righteously opinionated in defense of them until it hits your own family and home.
Marsha November 30, 2012 at 08:27 AM
The police are a good old boys club and cover for their own. I used to know a handy man who was close to a veteran, retired cop's family. The cop was having an illicit affair. His son loved his mother and his sense of loyalty to her caused him to loose control, go to the mistresses house and kill her. The cops took the son, moved him out of town and gave him a whole new his identity. We pay these club members' salaries with our sweat and hard earned taxes. It's not a system of the people, by the people and for the people for sure.It's a roll of the dice. We never know who we're gong to get and can be in grave danger. Even the good cops admit it about the bad ones, and about corruption but are afraid to speak out fearing loss of their jobs or retaliation. It's out of control.

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