Two Los Angeles police officers have been taken off field duty while the department’s internal investigations unit reviews video recorded of a traffic stop last Tuesday in Tujunga that shows the two cops allegedly using force to take down a woman twice.
The officers pulled over Michelle Jordan, 34, of Sunland, on Aug. 21 for a cell phone violation at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Avenue. Without describing what sparked the confrontation, the LAPD said in a news release Tuesday night that Jordan was taken to the ground and handcuffed.
"A short time later while still handcuffed another encounter occured between Jordan and the officers and she was taken to the ground a second time," according to the news release.
Jordan was arrested and booked for interfering and resisting arrest but was later released.
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The incident was caught on video by a nearby business that had a camera mounted on its building.
The release states the officers reported the use of force incident to a supervisor. Jordan also gave the LAPD a statement on what happened, and after reviewing the video, investigators from LAPD’s Internal Affairs Group began looking into a personnel complaint.
"My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in a news release. "We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions."
An LAPD spokesperson said they would not be releasing video the incident at this time. It’s believed a local news station was able to obtain a copy of the video from someone else.
One of the officers involved has been with the LAPD for 22 years. The other officer is still on department probation and has 10 months on the job.
This story has been updated.