LAPD brass is looking into an arrest this morning during which a TV news camera took video of an officer reportedly using a flashlight to club a suspect after he had laid down and surrendered. It was at the end of a lengthy car and foot chase on a path in Compton, and it's still too early to know details of what happened. But the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, David Cunningham III, has already said, "I am deeply disturbed after having seen the video. We are going to thoroughly investigate this." Assistant chief George Gascon also said: "This is an issue of concern. We're launching an immediate investigation into the incident." LA Times, ABC7, KTLA, NBC4, Officer.com
* Thursday stories: LAPD Chief Bratton, "There is no denying that it looks very bad from what is seen on the video. But there should be no rush to judgment before the investigations are completed"...Mayor Jim Hahn, "If, after that investigation, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are found to have violated the law, those officers ought to be terminated. They ought to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law"...Previous LAPD chief Bernard Parks, the third officer's kick "appears not to be appropriate. And you certainly can't justify the striking with a baton or flashlight." The video.