LAPD Officers Caught On Video Body Slamming Nurse After Traffic Stop and Then Giving Each Other Celebratory Fist Bump

There is another claim of excessive force and abuse against officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after two officers who were allegedly caught on surveillance camera (shown below) slamming a nurse, Michelle Jordan, 34, on the ground twice after a traffic stop. Not only is the basis for the action in doubt, but the two officers are shown giving each other a fist bump afterwards.

Jordan was talking on her cell phone while driving and was pulled over. If true, that is a perfectly justified pullover and reckless conduct by Jordan.

After she pulled into a parking lot of a Del Taco restaurant, however, things went from bad to worse. The security tape shows the officers pulling the 5-foot-4 inch registered nurse from the open driver’s seat and then slamming her on the ground. She is then yanked to her feet for a pat down. Then for some reason, she is slammed to the ground for a second time.

She was later booked for resisting arrest and later released. We have seen various cases where abusive arrests are followed by charges of resisting arrest (here and here and here and here and here and here).

The identity of the officers is not known but one was a 20-year veteran of the force while the other was a probationary officer on the force for 10 months.

The video not only raises questions of excessive force and false charges, but tort liability. There is no evidence of Jordan resisting, though the camera is at some distance. That could lay the foundation for assault and battery charges as well as false arrest.

Here is the video:

Source: NY Daily News

70 thoughts on “LAPD Officers Caught On Video Body Slamming Nurse After Traffic Stop and Then Giving Each Other Celebratory Fist Bump”

  1. I would love to see them body-slam someone their own size and strength.
    Real men are gentlemen.

  2. Here’s another woman who apparently cussed at officers. After she was handcuffed and shackled, she was kicked in her genitals. She died.

    The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating at least five officers after one of them allegedly stomped on a woman’s genitals and she later died of suffocation.

    Patrol car video camera captured a struggle between police and Alesia Thomas and several officers on July 22, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green admitted to the Times that a female officer had followed through with a threat to kick Thomas in the genitals when she resisted being put into the patrol car. Video shows a restrained Thomas struggling to breath in the back of the patrol car. She was taken to a local hospital and later died.

  3. Wait a minute — she cussed at them?

    SHE’S NO CHOIR-GIRL! I don’t know why they didn’t just shoot her through the heart and get off for self-defense.

  4. Where have the men gone. If this ever happens to my child or wife the culprits will have no where to hide from their death.

  5. “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    Note that he didn’t say, “possibly injurious,” “potentially injurious,” or even, “almost bloody well certainly injurious.”

    Just the fact that they pulled her over for the commission of a non-crime makes these cops nothing more than terrorists who should be put down like the rabid dogs they are. . .
    Can talking on a cell phone while driving be dangerous? Yes it can. . . but unless/until a person causes actual harm to another – their actions are perfectly legal – no matter what law some braindead tax leech passes. . .

    Thank you, Doug Voluntaryist – you get it. I was beginning to fear that I was alone in the world.

  6. Nick,

    Remember, as a PI, you are not supposed to let idiots make you angry. LOL.
    What is more, we have quite a few “speech police” here. I was one myself, and then realized how stupid it is. DHM has maybe problems coping with sex and race. Coping with you is outa his class. 😉

  7. Ashley,

    This is worse than bodyslamming IMO. You have my fullest sympathy. I especially feel for your children whose faith in police is forever damaged. And that is an understatement.

    Now, a legal question. Can dashcamera recordings be used in investigations instigated on the basis of a complaint being filed against the LEO? Are they admissable as court evidence? Why not?

    They certainly can be used against a suspect that the police arrest.

    Only in America?

  8. DHM, No. It was in the context of the other police incident involving a black guy. If I offended your sensibilities I will treat you to a lunch and it won’t be “Dutch.” However, first I’ll need to get someone to “Hold down the fort.” Lighten the hell up!

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