A disturbing video recently posted online that shows an unidentified Los Angeles Police Department officer repeatedly punching a man in the face and head has prompted an internal investigation for misconduct and excessive use of force.
According to police, the encounter took place on April 27, however, the video wasn’t posted online until this week. The video shows two officers with LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division reportedly responding to an alleged trespassing report.
LAPD reports that when officers arrived on the scene, they encountered the man in the video and told him to leave the property.
“During the course of the investigation a physical altercation occurred between the suspect and one of the officers, resulting in the officer receiving minor injuries to his hand. The suspect had abrasions to his head and face but refused medical attention,” LAPD said in a statement.
In the video, the man appears to be fully compliant and cooperating with the officer. His hands are behind his back and he appears to be allowing the officer to handcuff him. Suddenly, the unidentified male LAPD officer starts to repeatedly punch the man about the head and face.
The man never fights back as he is assaulted by the cop.
According to FOX 11, a uniformed supervisor responded to the scene and initiated a preliminary investigation consistent with the Department’s reportable use of force protocols,” the statement continues. “A community member who reportedly witnessed some portion of the altercation provided the supervisor with a copy of a cell phone video taken. Upon review of the content of the cell phone video and the involved officer’s body worn video, the supervisor notified his commanding officer and investigators of the Internal Affairs Group responded to conduct a personnel complaint investigation.”
The detained man was eventually released and a formal investigation was launched by Internal Affairs, according to LAPD.