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LAPD Officers Body Slam Nurse During Tujunga Traffic Stop

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation following the alleged brutal arrest of a mom during a routine traffic stop at Del Taco in Tujunga.

Los Angles Police Department will conduct an internal investigation into what happened last week when two officers allegedly used force to arrest a 34-year-old woman for an apparent cell phone violation, according to Huffington Post

Michelle Jordan of Sunland was pulled over by two LAPD Foothill Station officers during a traffic stop near Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Street, at Del Taco about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to a LAPD news release. 

A business surveillance camera captured the incident on video, which was first obtained by NBC4, and shows officers body-slamming Jordan and giving each other what appears to be a congratulatory fist-pump. 

Jordan exited her car and allegedly began a confrontation with the officers, according to LAPD. She was taken to the ground and handcuffed. While still handcuffed, Jordan and the officers began a dispute and the officers took her to the ground a second time, authorities said.    

She was arrested and booked on suspicion of interfering or resisting arrest. She was later released on bond.  

Based on Jordan's statement during arrest and what LAPD's Internal Affairs Group investigators saw in the surveillance video, a personnel complaint was initiated against both officers, officials said. 

Both officers, whose names were not immediately released, were assigned to non-field duties pending the investigation, police said. One officer has 22 years of service and the other officer is a probationary officer with 10 months on the job. 

"My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in a prepared statement.

"We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions," Beck said. 

Authorities urge anyone with information to call LAPD's Foothill Area Watch Commander at (818)756-8861 or Internal Affairs Group at (213) 485-1486. 

James Ingraldi August 30, 2012 at 12:44 AM
This is an extremely unfortunate event to say the least... In the past I have heard, what I believed to be at the time, "fairy tails" of similar instances including unnecessary use of force, gunfire, and even rape. As unbelievable as these tales were at the time, I now question the validity of my disbelief and can only hope that this was in fact an isolated incident. There is no question that this was an abuse of authority over a WOMAN who appeared unenthusiastic over a ticket given for a crime we can all admit guilt to. This is the quintessential "it can happen to you," scenario which makes me wonder what the police in this area would do about a speeding ticket. I am ashamed for these officers and I can only hope that they are held accountable for this obvious injustice.
John Smith August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I honestly believe this kind of situation is very common for L.A.'s finest. God willing the Internal Affairs Department will have enough gumption to make these officers accountable for their actions. Maybe put them in general population at the L.A. County Jail.
Jerry Jackson August 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Give them a badge and they act like God.
John Smith August 30, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I was married many years ago to one of the boy's in blue....biggest mistake of my life. Their personal life (as far as I was concerned), was the same as their working life with their cronies....I was known as the enemy
Lisa August 30, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Cops are criminals with badges! I saw this on the news yesterday. This is the Del Taco I go to.
Lisa August 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I bet these officers have previous complaints against them. They deserve to be prosecuted and fired.
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Juliana August 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I was pulled over for running a red light (just barely, but I had to do it to avoid a potential accident) in this same part of town. There was a deputy directly behind me who saw the whole thing, and still tailgaited me with his big, macho SUV to pull me over and tried to read me the riot act for running the light. He was dumb as a post and all he had going for him was cheap gestapo tactics and a badge that he didn't deserve to wear. I stood my ground despite his bs intimidation, but now I shudder a little to think what might have happened if he hadn't been alone in the car, if he had been with a partner in the car to back his story. Maybe lying on the ground bleeding? This needs to be investigated, pronto. Given the attitude that I got, this other situation might not be a one-off but something wrong in the department in that part of town.
Greg Andrews August 31, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Years ago; AKA, late 70s & 80s, I was a biker with a stroked S & S flame thrower Harley...which wasn't fashionable then. I've been stopped, many times, by many departments. Though often irritated, I was always polite and respectful. I never ended up on the ground...though I looked like someone you'd expect there. This situation appears a bad one, of which I will not defend the officers' behavior...but accusing an entire department of being criminals...that's worse. The Foothill Station, often, operates in a virtual war zone. The officers are understaffed and outnumbered by real criminals...who would kill the most of you, in a minute, if the LAPD did not exist. If you don't believe it....leave your phones at home, take a midnight stroll out there, and let us know how that went. We need to deal strongly with these officers, as well as look at what the Foothill Station deals with daily, and figure out a way to prop up and rotate these officers in and out of places like Foothill Station, before burnout sets in.
John Smith August 31, 2012 at 06:20 PM
You are correct Greg. I should have clarified my own feelings. I was talking about the run-ins I have personally had with L.A.'s finest. I'm sure most of them are good cops, but it seems those few bad apples...well, let's just say that when they wanted something, it was taken, regardless of who was hurt/injured.
Denise September 01, 2012 at 11:56 PM
For Juliana, This incident involved 'LAPD'. Your incident was with the Sheriff's Dept. Two different agnecies.
chin. checca September 04, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I think the lapd are all gansters they break the law all thhe time. Murder rape planting drugs lieing stealing car jacking they do all these things and. Never even go infront. Of a judge take it from an african american they have harrrased me all my live. They also sent me to prison for a robbery I did not do
Diane SALTZBURG September 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
OMG! I was not present at this incident but we all know how dangerous it is when someone is driving & on the cel - a very good friend was ran over while walking in a marked x-walk by a cel phone user mother - it took a week for him to die - his body was mangled- the cel phone lady is free to continue driving & talking on the cel!. NO USE OF CEL PHONE WHILE DRIVING - MEANS NO!!! Too much attitude with authorities & rules. R E S P E C T. Diane saltzburg
John Smith September 11, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I am sorry about the loss of your friend. But because she was using a cell phone, that does not give ANYONE the right to beat the living day lights out of someone. Your are right as far as using a phone while driving, I have a cell phone, but I NEVER use it to test or call while driving.
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 01:47 AM
There are still those who abuse their authority no matter which badge they wear,

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