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Violent arrest in Hollywood caught on tape

by Ariel (editor), Venice, CA, November 10, 2006


The video of a violent arrest by the LAPD showed up on YouTube a couple of days ago and is not exactly great publicity for our city's police.

On August 11, 2006, two Hollywood Police Officers were taped arresting William Cardenas, 23, a local gang member, who was wanted on a felony warrant for receiving stolen property. Cardenas reportedly run from them when Officers Patrick Farrell and Alexander Schlegel recognized him while on patrol. They were eventually able to knock him to the ground near Gordon Street and Fountain Avenue, and he was arrested after a short struggle.

According to the arrest report, the officers included a summary of the force used and namely a description of Officer Farrell striking Cardenas’ face. This is called 'non-categorical use-of-force incidents' by LAPD (i.e. uses of force that do not involve serious injury, or life-threatening force).

"The suspect's hand covered my partner's gun holster so I yelled at my partner to watch his gun. My partner responded by capping his gun and delivering a left elbow to the suspect's face causing the suspect to let go of him," the report said.

Unfortunately for the LAPD officers, a witness caught the arrest on tape, and even though it might indeed not be life-threatening, it's pretty bad and we don't really see the reason of such use of violence.
Here is the video:

The LAPD claims that what they used here is what they call "a distraction strike"; a method they are resorting to when the suspect doesn't comply with the orders and make it difficult for the officers to place handcuffs.

On LAPD's blog, Chief Bratton is reported saying "Police work is not always pretty, [...] But in my 36 years in law enforcement, I’ve learned not to make a judgement until I have all the facts." He added "All of the provisions and safe guards under the Consent Decree were followed. We now have to let the process follow its course."

The LAPD has stated that they are looking into the video and investigating what happened. The video apparently also came to the attention of the FBI which started investigating as well today.

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