LAPD's Aggressive Swarm Of House Party Caught On Video; Internal Investigation Underway
The Los Angeles Police Department has initiated another internal investigation into the actions officers based in part on video posted on YouTube. In the latest case, a birthday party Saturday night in Pacoima in which police received numerous noise complaints was broken up Sunday morning by more than a dozen officers.
The person who posted the video (see it after the jump) claims that police engaged in "brutality," beat and injured a man who was celebrating his birthday, caused injuries to another party-goer, and pulled children out of their own bedrooms during the action. Police late Thursday cast the incident in a wholly different light:
... People from the party began throwing rocks, bottles, cans and other items at the officers. A help call was broadcast by an LAPD Air Support Unit overhead. One officer was hit in the head by a heavy object and had to be taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a concussion and admitted.
One officer was treated at a hospital for a concussion after he was hit in the head with a heavy object.
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The LAPD statement described the crowd at the home near Cayuga Avenue and Pierce Street in Pacoima as "disorderly." Nine people were arrested based on allegations that included assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer.
In the video police are seen forming a skirmish line in the house's backyard as a police helicopter's "day sun" illuminates the scene. Officers appear to be aggressively pushing people out, and party-goers can be heard saying let's go.
One cop (pictured) swings his baton. And he is part of a group of two or three offers who appear to take down the videographer.
The video, however, doesn't show what led up to the heavy show of force, including alleged rock-and-bottle throwing.
In May a clash between police and bicyclists was caught on video, leading to another internal LAPD investigation. Other YouTube video clashes between the LAPD and citizens show a drunk man getting "tased" and a videographer being called a "fruitcake."