WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A video depicting an officer with the Veterans Affairs Police Department swinging his baton at a suspect on the ground more than two dozen times has raised questions about possible police brutality.
In a span of 32 seconds, the video shows an officer swinging his baton 32 times at the suspect on the ground. The incident happened in West Los Angeles on the VA campus. The suspect was believed to be struggling with another person on the pavement. The officer only stopped swinging when additional officers arrived.
“It seems very excessive to me,” said retired Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey as she watched the video. “It looks more like punishment. It looks like one officer was just wailing his baton.