“LAPD-Still Beatin’ ‘em down.”

The officer you see swinging the 2 lb flashlight loaded with “d” cell batteries struck the handcuffed defendant in the head 11 times.  What you don’t see is the defendant being kicked in the head after he has compliantly lied on the ground and is being cuffed after he surrendered.

The district attorney’s office spent five months reviewing the incident, in which Officer John Hatfield struck Stanley Miller 11 times with a 2-pound steel flashlight after a June 23 car-and-foot chase.

“We cannot establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Hatfield’s actions were without legal necessity,” Deputy District Attorney Margo Baxter said in a report released Thursday.

Miller, who is black, was beaten on the ground after he appeared to have surrendered. Hatfield, who is Hispanic, ran up and joined other officers who had pushed Miller down.

here is the link

Posted by bbeard on 02/07 at 04:40 PM in Blogging

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