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Neighborhood Councilman assaulted by LAPD Central Division officers

by Michael Blaze

DLANC

April 1, 2013
To all,
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- Early today, approx. 12:30am, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Board of Director’s member General Jeff was assaulted by two LAPD officers in Skid Row.
General Jeff, an outspoken community activist who has “positively” represented the Skid Row residents on the DLANC since 2008 (three terms), has been the target of numerous “unnecessarily aggressive” LAPD officers over the years that claim to either not be able to recognize him or don’t respect his duties to serve his constituents, many of which are homeless and sleep on the streets in Skid Row at night.
(FOR THE RECORD: The witnesses of this assault have decided not to come forward at this time out of “fear of retaliation” by the Los Angeles Police Department…..We decided instead to share this audio clip from one of the witnesses to prove the validity of our assault claims….There is cell phone video that we are eagerly pursuing as well…..Stay tuned!!!!)
This time, Jeff had only moments prior arrived at the intersection of 5th and San Julian streets in front of the Los Angeles Mission after working late on a computer sending several important e-mails (One of which included LAPD Central Division Captain Horace Frank) to various City officials on behalf of the Skid Row community. An LAPD patrol car heading westbound on 5th street stopped in front of the L.A. Mission. LAPD officer Namysl (38199) exited the driver’s side and told him and two of his constituents (a male and a female) to leave.
When General Jeff questioned the LAPD officer, Officer Namysl (38199) grabbed his right arm with two hands and forced him against the wall. Almost falling to the ground, Jeff held onto the fence in front of the mission with his left arm. Then, LAPD officer Bernal (40800) exited the passenger side of the patrol car and grabbed Jeff’s left arm, trying to pull it away from the fence. Officer Namysl told General Jeff that he was under arrest and the two officer’s attempted to force Jeff’s arms behind him, apparently to put handcuffs on him.
Immediately, Jeff requested a supervisor and LAPD officer Bernal (40800) released his arm and radioed for a supervisor. Soon thereafter, LAPD officer Namysl (40800) also released Jeff’s other arm. A short time after that, Sargent Strasner (35664) arrived at the scene. After briefly speaking with the officer’s, he spoke with General Jeff. During this time, four other LAPD patrol cars arrived on the scene.
After a brief conversation, Jeff requested the last names and badge numbers of the two officer’s who assaulted him. Their information was provided and after the supervisor spoke with all of the officer’s, they all left the scene without further discussion. No arrest happened.
General Jeff immediately went to LAPD Central Division and filed a complaint against the two officers. He then spoke to Watch Commander Sargent Green where he issued a request to have the LAPD officer’s arrested for assault. Watch Commander Sargent Green replied that he would not arrest his officers, later stating on tape that they were “acting within the scope of their job duties”.
An official investigation is now pending and both Internal Affairs and the Department of Justice will be contacted. General Jeff also plans to speak before the LAPD Police Commission tomorrow. General Jeff has already contacted the Los Angeles Mission to request a copy of the videotape from their cameras in front of the mission.
After a recorded interview at LAPD Central Division, Sargent Strasner (35664), (who stated he has only been at LAPD Central Division two months) intimated to Jeff that “maybe the officer’s didn’t know who you were” and later asked several questions specifically about the Neighborhood Council, “Exactly what is the Downtown Council that you’re on?” and “What is your jurisdiction in Skid Row?”. Jeff responded by saying “Maybe you should speak with Captain Frank and get a better understanding from him”.
It is clear that these two particular LAPD officers are very familiar with General Jeff who “has seen them in Skid Row for many years now”. They both have been present during other instances involving other LAPD officers. Why they suddenly acted as if they aren’t familiar with his positive efforts and decided to use “bully tactics” is still unclear, but a witness who refused to come forward out of fear of retaliation said, “Maybe they don’t like all the good things you’re doing around here”.
In one instance the past, LAPD officers unfairly “targeted” General Jeff arresting him five times in one month on unfounded charges after he constantly spoke out publicly against LAPD’s “bully tactics”. Apparently this time, something else happened that they didn’t like. Was it his successful efforts to lead the Skid Row community in speaking out against Skid Row Housing Trust in their attempt to obtain a liquor license in one of their SRO low-income hotels?
Regardless, what General Jeff doesn’t agree with is being assaulted for no reason by LAPD officers and has demanded a public apology from LAPD. He is still pursuing the arrest charges against the two LAPD officers and both criminal and civil lawsuits are likely.
Stay tuned….
Sincerely,
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (2007-present)
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(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications (2011-2012)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health (2012-2013)
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