Complaints against LAPD up 3%, study says

first_img Officials said the LAPD was conducting post-arrest and administrative investigations. White said the officers confronted the unidentified woman, who he estimated weighs less than 90 pounds, beat her with their batons, then doused her in pepper spray. They then hog-tied her, kicked and punched her, before carrying her by the hands and feet to a patrol car.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to the report, the number of LAPD employees facing complaint investigations who quit under pressure, were fired or were suspended increased from 421 in 2005 to 451 last year. Commission President John Mack said only 2.7 percent of the 2,822 complaints of “discourtesy” were sustained last year, and said he asked the department to investigate the handling of such complaints. The most frequent allegation, made 16.3 percent of the time, was “neglect of duty,” the report found. It said the department investigated 391 complaints of preventable traffic collisions and 135 complaints of discrimination. Even as the report was being released, the LAPD was investigating allegations that four of its officers punched and kicked a petite homeless woman, doused her with pepper spray, then carried her, hog-tied, to a police car, during a weekend altercation. White said the 10-minute incident occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday near Sixth and Stanford streets in downtown Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES – The number of complaints filed with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging misconduct by officers and civilian workers increased last year, a study found. There were 6,716 complaints filed in 2006, up 3 percent from the previous year, according to an annual report to the five-member Police Commission, which sets policy for the department. The increase does not account for an immigration rally last month in which officers were accused of using excessive force. Police officials said the increase showed citizens were more willing to file complaints against department employees. But a police watchdog group said it raises concerns that the department’s standards might be slipping. “The average citizen should be concerned that complaints against the police are up because it signals that something is wrong,” said Pete White of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. last_img

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