Gang of LAPD Beat Surrendering, Handcuffed Black Man Unconscious; Video Shows 'Cop Kicked his Head like a Football'
From [HERE] and [HERE] Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after being accused of beating and kicking a Black man who was being held down by other officers, according to sources close to the probe.
The arrest, which happened in South Los Angeles on October 16 around 12:15 p.m., was recorded by a local business' security camera and officials who have seen the tape say the officer kicked the head of the suspect while he is already on the ground. After he had already surrendered and no longer resisting arrest, the officer is said to deliver a blow described as "a football player kicking a field goal," as one official said. Another described it as “horrific.” The video has not been released to the public yet.
The suspect, 22-year old Black man Clinton Alford, says he was riding his bicycle on Avalon Boulevard near 55th Street when a car pulled up behind him and somebody ordered him to stop. Because that person did not say they were police, Alford kept riding. When one of the officers grabbed his bike, he took off on foot. The two officers caught up to Alford, which is when he can be seen "voluntarily laying down on the street and putting his hands behind his back," according to people who have seen the tape.
Another patrol car is then seen pulling up and the officer driving that car gets out and delivers the beating to Alford. He can be seen on the tape "kicking" or "stomping" Alford on his head and upper body. According to Alford and and two officials who reviewed the tape, Alford was already handcuffed before the beating took place. "I was just praying that they wouldn't kill me. I just closed my eyes and tried to hold on," Alford told the times.
Alfred was described as limp and motionless after the beating and had to be carried by several officers into the patrol car.
The officers' conduct after the arrest has also been called into question. On the tape, after Alford had been put in the car, they noticed the camera on the wall and the officer who kicked Alford knocks on the door the business and enters the building.