LA cop who repeatedly punched black suspect for trespassing can go to prison for three years
The shocking shots of beating a man who showed neither aggression nor resistance led to criminal charges against the officer who used excessive force.
The district attorney’s office considers ‘disturbing’ evidence and intends to prosecute the officer, who was later identified as Frank A. Hernandez. According to official information, the incident occurred in April, and only amid the mass protests against the use of cruelty against detainees, the video was made public and the case moved off the ground.
Video from the body cameras of the officers who conducted the arrest also serves as evidence.
According to the current legislation, the maximum punishment for such an attack is 3 years in prison.
"This is a disturbing case of the illegal use of force at the hands of a police officer," District Attorney Lacey said, reports NBC Los Angeles. "In this case, we believe the force was neither legally necessary nor reasonable."
The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League also agrees with the plaintiff, Richard Castillo, who in a lawsuit claimed to be a victim of police brutality.
"While we have a fiduciary responsibility to provide our members with assistance through the internal affairs administrative process, what we saw on that video was unacceptable and is not what we are trained to do."
According to court documents, Hernandez will be charged with assault on Thursday.