LA police judged overzealous


Summary

He has suggested there had been “inappropriate” behaviour by officers.

Television images showed baton-wielding police in riot gear clubbing journalists and firing rubber bullets after scuffles broke out following a day-long rally involving several thousand protesters on Tuesday.

Around 10 protesters suffered minor injuries, Los Angeles Fire Department officials told local media, while police said 15 officers were hurt.

Bratton, who was appointed five years ago with a brief to clean up the Los Angeles Police Department’s image, said he would seek to hold an “open” internal inquiry into the violence.

Bratton also hinted that after watching footage of the incident police may have over-reacted.

“Some of what I’ve seen as chief of the department does not look appropriate,” Bratton told local radio.

Bratton described the disturbances as “a series of very fluid events — there were multiple things going on.”

He said the Police Commission would be “fully involved in terms of staying abreast of it … and we’ll try to do this as openly as we can.”

Television reports showed a police officer knocking down a cameraman, then grabbing the camera and tossing it to the ground.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement an investigation was under way. “I have reviewed the extensive video of the incident, and like every Angeleno, I am obviously and deeply concerned,” he said.

“Any time that our law enforcement officials employ force, the public has an absolute and unqualified right to expect and demand an aggressive review of the facts.

The police tactics were meanwhile condemned by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA).

“There is evidence that officers knocked reporters to the ground, used batons on photographers and damaged cameras, possibly motivated by anger over journalists photographing efforts by officers to control the movements of marchers,” an RTNA statement said.


He has suggested there had been “inappropriate” behaviour by officers.

Television images showed baton-wielding police in riot gear clubbing journalists and firing rubber bullets after scuffles broke out following a day-long rally involving several thousand protesters on Tuesday.

Around 10 protesters suffered minor injuries, Los Angeles Fire Department officials told local media, while police said 15 officers were hurt.

Bratton, who was appointed five years ago with a brief to clean up the Los Angeles Police Department’s image, said he would seek to hold an “open” internal inquiry into the violence.

Bratton also hinted that after watching footage of the incident police may have over-reacted.

“Some of what I’ve seen as chief of the department does not look appropriate,” Bratton told local radio.

Bratton described the disturbances as “a series of very fluid events — there were multiple things going on.”

He said the Police Commission would be “fully involved in terms of staying abreast of it … and we’ll try to do this as openly as we can.”

Television reports showed a police officer knocking down a cameraman, then grabbing the camera and tossing it to the ground.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement an investigation was under way. “I have reviewed the extensive video of the incident, and like every Angeleno, I am obviously and deeply concerned,” he said.

“Any time that our law enforcement officials employ force, the public has an absolute and unqualified right to expect and demand an aggressive review of the facts.

The police tactics were meanwhile condemned by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA).

“There is evidence that officers knocked reporters to the ground, used batons on photographers and damaged cameras, possibly motivated by anger over journalists photographing efforts by officers to control the movements of marchers,” an RTNA statement said.