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 read more

De Gea the hero as Man United’s visit to Arsenal ends in thrilling victory

first_img David de Gea kept Arsenal at bay with a number of impressive saves 1 Jesse Lingard scored twice as 10-man Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in a pulsating Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.United burst out of the traps and Antonio Valencia opened the scoring in the fourth minute after linking up with Paul Pogba and drilling the ball through the legs of Petr Cech from 15 yards.The Red Devils doubled their lead after 11 minutes through Lingard, who benefited from a fine Anthony Martial lay-off before converting in off a post.Arsenal wasted numerous chances to cut the deficit, the most glaring being Alexandre Lacazette’s close-range shot which was somehow parried onto the crossbar by David De Gea.Lacazette did pull a goal back for the Gunners just after half-time but Lingard restored United’s two-goal cushion with a tap-in after 63 minutes.Pogba was then sent off for a stamp on Hector Bellerin with 16 minutes remaining but Jose Mourinho’s side – who are five points behind leaders Manchester City – held on.Arsene Wenger secured a first Premier League win over Mourinho at the 13th attempt in May, when United’s focus was on the Europa League.That victory was part of a 12-game winning run at home for the Gunners in the league, their best since leaving Highbury.And it was also part of United’s winless streak of 11 away to established top-six rivals.Mourinho’s men had scored just once in eight of those games, but they had surpassed that tally after 11 minutes here, punishing two Arsenal aberrations.A dreadful pass from Koscielny towards Sead Kolasinac was intercepted by Valencia.The United captain played a one-two with Pogba, who sucked in defenders for Valencia to overlap and fire a shot between Petr Cech’s legs.The sin was repeated. Mustafi hesitated on the ball and Lingard nipped at his heels, sending the ball to Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium striker, now with one goal in 12, found Anthony Martial.Martial showed great dexterity to pirouette and present the ball to Lingard to shoot inside the far post.Mustafi collapsed in a heap, perhaps as much in embarrassment as pain, before limping down the tunnel for attention on his right ankle.Alex Iwobi replaced him, giving Arsenal more of an attacking threat.That left them vulnerable at the back. At times they were defending two on two and United looked as likely to score a third as Arsenal did to net in the remainder of the first half.Lacazette was the Gunners’ greatest threat. The France striker, who shrugged off a groin injury to start, delayed over a shot which hit De Gea’s chest and struck the bar. Granit Xhaka fired the loose ball just wide.Arsenal had further chances but De Gea saved from Bellerin, Kolasinac and Lukaku, after the striker had diverted a cross towards his own goal.Arsenal did have a goal back within four minutes of the restart. Alexis Sanchez clipped the ball through for the on-rushing Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman showed brilliant composure to cushion the ball for Lacazette to finish.The intensity ramped up a notch. Lingard went through only to see his shot brush Cech’s arm and loop on to a post.Then De Gea denied Iwobi and made a double stop, first from Lacazette low to his right and then with his feet from Sanchez.United had threatened to strike on the counter and did so when Lingard found Pogba, who danced around Koscielny and crossed for Lingard to tuck in the third unopposed.Having shown his best, Pogba then showed his worst. A mis-timed, studs-up challenge on Bellerin saw the France international dismissed by referee Andre Marriner.Mourinho felt Koscielny should have seen red for hauling back Lukaku on the halfway line with three minutes remaining, but the Gunners defender was only booked despite being last man.And there was no penalty when Danny Welbeck went down under the challenge of fellow substitute Matteo Darmian, meaning there was no furious climax to a breathtaking contest.last_img read more