Today, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that they are launching a full scale investigation into a controversial incident captured on video last night.
Both the LAPD and the LAPD Protective League have issued press releases stating that the LAPD would be investigating.
Read Weho Daily’s detailed coverage of the entire ride and the incident in question.
The video shows officers roughly taking down a biker/photographer, along with what appeared to be a kick out toward either another biker being taken into custody, or bikers passing by. Check the link above to view the video and more info on the ride and incident.
LAPD PRESS RELEASE:
On May 28, 2010 around 9:30 PM, LAPD Hollywood Area bike unit officers were patrolling the Entertainment District in Hollywood, at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard, just east
of Highland Avenue, when a group of bicyclists numbering approximately 400 traveled eastbound on Hollywood Boulevard.
As part of enforcement efforts, LAPD Officers were watching for red light violations, and issuing citations. As Officers attempted to detain several bicyclists, a reported use of force was captured on video.
“In response to what we learned, we immediately launched a full-scale investigation to determine the facts surrounding the events,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Pay singer. “The Departments Professional Standards Bureau has taken the lead in the inquiry and the Police Commission’s Inspector General has also been made fully aware of the matter.”
Since November 2009, the LAPD Office of Operations has worked closely with representatives of the biking community to improve relations, make the streets safer for bicyclists and discuss and identify issues involving bicyclists that are problematic for the motoring public.
“Our Department takes seriously its obligations and commitment to all members of the community. The Chief of Police and I pledged our strong support to work closely with the bike community and that promise has not wavered. It’s our hope that the relationship we’ve developed with the biking community over the past months will be strengthened even more as we continue to work together to find solutions to difficult circumstances such as these.”
LAPD Internal Affairs Group is investigating this reported use of force incident.
PROTECTIVE LEAGUE STATEMENT:
Today the Los Angeles Police Department notified the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) of an incident that occurred in Hollywood on May 28, 2010 involving LAPD officers and a few bicyclists who were involved in a protest of British Petroleum.
In response to a video tape that has surfaced, the LAPD has launched a comprehensive investigation to determine the facts surrounding the events.
In response to the incident, LAPPL President Paul M. Weber released the following statement.
The Police Protective League generally withholds comment on actions by police officers until we know all the facts. We only ask that the community refrain from a rush to judgment. It is always important to remember that home video, shot from a distance, from one angle and in the dark, and not at the beginning of the incident seldom tells the whole story.
About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.