Crime & Justice

LAPD officer charged with assault

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has charged an Los Angeles police officer with a felony for applying unlawful force last year.

The officer, Richard Garcia, allegedly assaulted a man lying on the ground in October 2014, while investigating a robbery near 55th Street and Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Garcia is on administrative leave. He appeared at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles and pleaded not guilty today, Shiara Dávila-Morales of the D.A.'s office told KPCC.

If convicted Garcia faces up to 3 years in county jail. His next hearing comes on June 1. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Shiara Dávila-Morales worked with a different agency. Dávila-Morales works with the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. KPCC regrets the error.