LAPD officer under investigation for excessive use of force while detaining man

A disturbing video posted to social media that appears to show a uniformed LAPD officer whaling on a man being detained has prompted an internal investigation for misconduct and excessive use of force.

The incident happened on April 27 when two officers in the Hollenbeck Division responded to a report of a trespassing individual in the 2400 block of Houston Street. The officers contacted the individual and told him to leave the private property, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"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.

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 video shows a male officer suddenly throwing a flurry of punches at a man whose hands had been placed behind his back but not handcuffed. A second officer appeared to have been caught by surprise and moves back but later is seen in the video placing his or her hand on the first officer as he winds up to strike the man again.

The detained individual was eventually released and a formal complaint investigation was launched by Internal Affairs Group, according to LAPD.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore ordered the use of force by the officer to be investigated by the department's Force Investigation Division, LAPD said.

"The LAPD closely scrutinizes all uses of force, as we hold every officer to our high standards. While we are withholding judgment on the actions of the involved officer at this time, the officer has been assigned home pending further investigation," said LAPD.

LAPD notified the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, the Office of the Inspector General, and the Justice System Integrity Division who is monitoring the investigation.

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Location: East LA