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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Another Rodney King in the making?
A police officer pursuing the driver of a stolen car Wednesday morning was seen on videotape beating the suspect after he appeared to have surrendered.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department began chasing the stolen car shortly after 5 a.m. (8 a.m. ET).
The pursuit ended in the city of Compton, when the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Video shot from news helicopters shows the suspect running for a short distance before slowing to a stop, apparently opting to surrender to officers pursuing him on foot.
The suspect appeared to raise both arms and drop to his knees. The first arriving officer drew his weapon, but put it back in his holster and then tackled the suspect, forcing him to the ground.
The second officer also jumps on the suspect, who is on the ground in a prone position, while a third officer arrives and appears to kick him in the head. This same officer then drops to the ground, takes out his flashlight and beats the suspect 11 times about the head area and also appears to use his knee to strike the suspect.
It's good to know those law enforcement reforms are working in L.A.
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