The Los Angeles police officer pictured in a video released this week showing law enforcement personnel bodyslamming a handcuffed nurse into the ground twice will likely face criminal charges once an internal investigation concludes, a former LAPD deputy commissioner said Thursday.
Video surfaced of the assault endured by Michelle Jordan, 34, during a traffic stop last Tuesday. Jordan was allegedly pulled over for driving while talking on a cell phone, but when police confronted her, she exited the car and began to curse at them.
Video of the confrontation shows one of the officers struggling with Jordan, then throwing her to the pavement and cuffing her. A short time later, the same officer again slams her onto the ground, causing scrapes and bruises to her face and chest. The two officers then put her in the back of their police car and exchange a fist-bump.
Since the video’s release on Tuesday, both officers were placed on suspension and the department launched an internal probe. The commander in charge of both officers was also demoted.
Speaking to CBS “This Morning” on Thursday, former Los Angeles Lt. Police Commissioner and ABC News correspondent John Miller said he thinks it’s likely one of the officers will face charges and cautioned that there’s a subculture of LA police who tend to bring an “authoritarian” approach to their job.
“In a case like this, sometimes you see flashes of police officers who have a problem and show who they really are,” he said.
This video was broadcast by CBS “This Morning” on Thursday, August 30, 2012.
This video was broadcast by ABC News affiliate KABC-TV 7 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
Photo: Screenshot via ABC News affiliate KABC-TV 7 in Los Angeles.