LA Police Chief Criticizes Officers Involved in Videotaped Beating

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton told the City Council in a 2 hour briefing that the officers involved in the videotaped beating of Stanley Miller, who had surrendered to police before the hits began, did not follow departmental policy:

"It is a mess. It is not what we teach at the academy," Bratton told the Los Angeles City Council during a two-hour briefing Wednesday.....He said a series of tactical errors were made during the arrest, beginning with an officer who holstered his gun before tackling Miller when he should have kept it trained on the suspect while other officers handcuffed him. Officer John Hatfield's kicking of Miller also was not departmental policy, he said. "We don't teach kicks," Bratton said.

Background on the incident by TChris is here.

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