Handcuffed Woman Ejected From LAPD Car

Posted: September 4, 2013 in News
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Handcuffed woman ejected from LAPD patrol carA woman suffered serious injuries when she was ejected from a moving LAPD patrol car earlier this year.  It remains unclear how the woman fell out of the patrol car or how fast or reckless the officer was driving.  She is now suing the police department.  The LA Times was able to view some of the video footage from a nearby security camera that captured parts of the incident.  LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said it was not known whether an internal investigation had been opened.  He told the media that if there wasn’t one there would be now.  Patrol cars rear doors are equipped with locks police officers are required to engage when someone is in the backseat.  The incident occurred on March 17th.

Kim Nguyen, 28, and two friends were in Koreatown waiting in a restaurant parking lot for their designated driver.  Nguyen told the LA Times that a pair of LAPD officers drove by in a marked car, stopped, and then approached the group.  After questioning them, the officers left.  A short time later, they circled back as Nguyen ran across the street towards a café.

Nguyen, a student at the time at Loyola Marymount University was arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car.  When they placed handcuffs on her, she was told she was being taken into custody for suspicion of public intoxication.  Her friends asked the officers where she was being taken, but they refused to disclose the station or jail.  Video footage from a nearby building’s security camera, obtained by Arnoldo Casillas, Nguyen’s attorney, shows the patrol vehicle heading east on Olympic Boulevard and approaching Grand Avenue around 3:08 a.m.  The camera pans a few feet and shows Nguyen lying on her back in the street with blood visible on her face. s-KIM-NGUYEN-large

The video also shows an officer in a second LAPD vehicle arriving and stopping for about 30 seconds before the patrol car with Nguyen comes into frame.  The two officers transporting her and the officer in the second vehicle stand around Nguyen, who appears to be unconscious and at one point, one of the officers crouches down and looks at her.  After a few minutes, the video shows Nguyen regain consciousness and writhe.  One of the officers moves Nguyan, in an attempt to place her on her side.  Paramedics arrive shortly thereafter.

Nguyen says she can’t recall falling out of the patrol car.  In the lawsuit, the officers are identified by their last names and a first initials.  According to the LA Times, police records indicate two officers assigned to the division that patrols Koreatown, match the names, David Shin and Jin Oh.  Nguyen said her jaw was shattered and she suffered bleeding to her brain.  Doctors had to perform three surgeries on her jaw.  Nguyen had to be sedated for several days for the first surgery to be performed.  She lost several teeth due to her injuries.  Paramedics wrote an incident report that states that officers told them the car had come to a stop at the intersection and Nguyen fell out as the driver accelerated to about 10 mph.  The video, according to the LA Times, shows the patrol car traveling faster than that and not slowing or stopping at the intersection (without lights flashing).


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