In this KABC 7 video, it appears as though some gangster thugs bust into a family Halloween party to start "smashing pumpkins," but changed their mind and started "smashing people." Turns out it was L.A.'s MOST NOTORIOUS click...LAPD! (Watch your back and lock your doors!)
Carlos Granda and Leanne Suter
CYPRESS PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Video capturing Los Angeles police officers storming a party with children present, swinging batons and making arrests has been released. A lawsuit alleges excessive force, and the Los Angeles Police Department is reacting.
The incident happened as families celebrated at a Halloween party for children on Oct. 31, 2010. The homeowners were dressed up in costumes as a gorilla and a banana. The music was playing and police allegedly arrived to ask them to turn it off.
Then for some reason things escalated and police moved in.
Amateur video shows LAPD officers swinging batons and knocking people to the ground. The people involved say there was no reason for this.
"He started pushing and he didn't care. He just started hitting everybody, kids, women," said Gaby Moran, one of the alleged victims.
Moran and her husband Danny say the music was already turned off by the time police arrived. They feel from the beginning a LAPD sergeant was very angry and confrontational.
"He told me, 'I need your ID.' I turned around again and he grabbed me by the neck and he launched me against the gate. When he launched me against the gate, I hit my forehead on the gate and I went down, and then my guests got up. I guess he wanted to show his power, he took out his long baton stick and he ended up striking me," said Danny Moran.
Attorney Luis Carrillo filed a lawsuit against the LAPD and the city of Los Angeles.
"LAPD lacks training of its officers. The level of professionalism that we need to protect and to serve the residents is non-existent," said Carillo. [ZUMA DOGG SAYS, "TRUE DAT! HEAVYWEIGHT!]
The LAPD issued a statement that says, in part: "This video that was presented today is an example of an incident that needs to be investigated. We welcome the questioning of actions that may, at face value, appear to be inappropriate."
[ZD: It IS possible that one or more of the party goers may have pushed things with the cops, but from this video, looks like the same hostile, psychologically-damaged, emotionally-weak, under-trained, overly-stressed-out, combative, more of the problem than the initial problem -- LAPD. (Get ready to write the check. I hope they're behind Zuma Dogg & Matt Dowd. This one looks EXPENSIVE!)
After reviewing the tape, the district attorney and the city attorney decided to drop all charges against the three people that were arrested at the party. [Doesn't look good for the defendants.]
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