According to sworn testimony given in a deposition related to the South Los Angeles beating of Clinton Alford, on Oct. 16, Los Angeles police officers kicked Mr. Alford in the head, hit him with their elbow, all while he was lying motionless on the ground. Prior to Mr. Alford falling to the ground, the same witness testified that one of the officers used a baton on Alford that helped bring him to his knees.
When a black-and-white car arrived on the scene, an officer got of the car and walked up to Alford and kicked him in the head and hit him with his elbow.
At some point the witness says the officers noticed the cameras on the building.
Four officers came and knocked on the door of Just Denim Jeans just about an hour after the incident occurred inquiring whether or not the cameras on the rear exterior of the building worked.
Witnesses testified that the officers asked if they could see video that was recorded in the last hour. They viewed the video and then proceeded to leave when one officer came back. This officer asked for the video to be played for him one more time and he took out his cellphone, believed to be an iPhone, and recorded what he was being shown.
But it gets even more interesting.
Apparently, the LAPD left an officer stationed at the business.
A female officer stayed at the business from 3 p.m. until the business closed at 4:45 p.m. the day of the beating. She was there when the employees returned the next morning at 8 a.m. where she stayed in position inside of their office until the LAPD returned around 11:30 a.m. with a search warrant that was used to confiscate three items including a digital recorder.
The officers claimed that after the investigation the items seized would be return to the business.
Alford was initially charged with drug possession, for which he pleaded not guilty. Charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice were also dismissed—putting an end to any criminal investigation of Alford.
That was back in November and it’s May now.
Theoretically, any evidence seized for the criminal investigation into Clinton Alford should have been returned to its rightful owners a long time ago.
But it wasn’t and that video continues to be at the center of a vicious battle between the Los Angeles Police Chief Beck and the City Attorney’s office who don’t want you to see it and Clinton Alford’s attorney Caree Harper who has been fighting since October to get the raw footage of the video commandeered by the LAPD.
Well, the City has finally handed over the raw footage of the video to attorney Harper after being scolded by a federal judge for not already having done so.
Unfortunately, the video is still under a protective order and cannot be shown publicly, but never fear Harper is working to undue that.
In the meantime, there’s at least one officer, a sergeant I believe, walking around showing folks the video of the video.
My guess is it won’t be long now before America is shocked yet again with the images of a Black man being beat by the police.
There should be no expectation of privacy when police officers engage citizens in broad daylight in the middle of the street. Any number of people could have captured that incident on video.
At the end of the day, while all of these God awful decisions are being made on the 10th floor of LAPD headquarters, it’s the street cops who are going to have to deal with any outcry from the public. Those in charge will be watching it all from the comfort of their offices or homes. One wonders if these same people would make these bad choices if they knew that they would have to come face to face with the public when it’s all said and done. Probably not.
The only thing Chief Beck and the City did in delaying the inevitable was to feed into the conspiracy theory that the department has something to hide.