LAPD Police Presence on Main St. Continues to Escalate, Two LA CAN Members Arrested (New Photos Added)
Over the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in LAPD presence and hostile policing on Main St. in Downtown.
This dangerous trend continued late last night when a large group of officers began roughing up a couple of black female residents.
LA CAN members were standing on the sidewalk talking when they noticed a squad car approach at a high rate of speed and stop a few buildings from where they stood. Two male officers exited their vehicle and threw two African American/Black females against the wall. One officer (the same officer in the video who says its okay to video and simultaneously leads the charge to arrest Bilal Ali & “Colonel”) takes one of the females between two buildings out of the sight of the general public. Shortly thereafter he aggressively slammed her to the ground in full view of residents and LA CAN members who were rightly outraged. LA CAN members were on hand to video and document the altercation. And when the officers decided they did not like that, they had two of our members arrested.
This type biased and violent policing has only increased since the Safer Cities Initiative was implemented in 2006. And long-term, low-income residents who have stood up and resisted have been met with repression and constant harassment. But we remain undeterred. We will not sit back and allow LAPD to intimidate and attack our community.
OFFICERS INVOLVED: (This is a short list because the LAPD routinely refuses to identify ALL officers at the scene)
Officer Rodriguez #36345
Officer Loza #39934
Sgt Severns #33807
LT. Melro #31240
Update: Friday, April 05, 2013
The female who was slammed to the ground was released from custody. . She visited LA CAN today and inquired about the well-being of residents present, and arrested, after they demanded the LAPD to stop abusing her. She reported to LA CAN that no charges were filed against her. She had visible injuries, consistent with the abuse that witnesses reported, and is rightly upset about the physical mistreatment she endured.