Sep 17, 2020
LAFD Firefighter Suspended After LAPD Body Cam Video Raises Concerns Over Excessive Use Of Force
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Body camera footage released on Tuesday shows a firefighter, identified as Derek Farrow, hitting the man twice on the head while he was handcuffed to a gurney and tightening a towel around his head.(Courtesy: LAPD)
The incident occurred on March 20, 2019, when a Black man was arrested for assaulting a woman with a brick in South L.A. The man had to be taken to USC Medical Center after he hit his head in the patrol car.
Body camera footage released on Tuesday shows a firefighter, identified as Derek Farrow, hitting the man twice on the head while he was handcuffed to a gurney and tightening a towel around his head.
LAPD says the man then yelled, “I can’t breathe.”
The video footage has no audio, because LAPD said it is a policy that officers turn off their body cameras when entering a hospital. However, when a supervisor saw the altercation occurring, he turned his back on.
“Upon activation, both audio and video of our body worn cameras will turn on,” said LAPD Capt. Stacy Spell. “However, the devices have a buffer of video without audio from the previous two minutes prior to activation.”
The buffer video was able to capture the incident. It is unclear what happened before the incident.
Internal records reviewed by the L.A. Times show that the fire department’s top medical director expressed concerns over whether Farrow might have violated state law by using excessive force on the suspect.
LAFD confirmed that policy violations were found in a statement to CBSLA.
“The LAFD conducted an administrative investigation regarding this incident and sustained allegations of violations of Department policy,” the statement read. “The member has been suspended, without pay for 12 days.”According to LAPD, the footage has been turned over to the district attorney’s office for possible criminal filing. However, the D.A.’s office said the case has not been presented yet, so no charges have been filed.
The L.A. firefighters union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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In Ohio, Trump Honors High School Football Players Suspended for Displaying Thin Blue Line Flag
President Donald Trump on Monday welcomed two Ohio High School students who were suspended for carrying pro-law enforcement and first responder flags onto their football field.
“They’re good looking kids. I want to congratulate you,” Trump said as the two students joined him on stage. “You’ve become famous.”
The two students, Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, ran onto the field with a “Thin Blue Line” and a “Thin Red Line” flag before their game on September 11th. Officials from Little Miami School District suspended the students, but they were eventually reinstated after the story went national.
Williams is the son of a Sheriff’s deputy and Bentley is the son of a fireman.
“They’re going to go to Hollywood. They’re going to become famous right now,” Trump said.
When asked if they were still glad they did it, Williams replied, “Yeah, more than ever.”
Williams wore an NYPD hat and a thin blue line tie along with his suit while meeting the president, and Bentley wore a red tie.
The non-profit group Holiday for Heroes announced that they would award the two students with scholarships.
When President Trump asked them how their football team was doing, the replied shortly, “Could be better.”
“You know what? You’re doing great. And everybody out here loves you and appreciates you,” Trump said as the crowd cheered wildly and chanted “U-S-A!”