A New LAPD Beating Video?

There is a new video making the rounds that has several folks asking a resounding WTF?

That’s part one, here are links to parts two & three, although those following clips are much shorter and show much of the same thing. The videos were posted by CopWatchLA and is from an arrest on August 11th – full text of from them provided with the video after the jump. I think that, at the very least, the LAPD needs to look at this and explain why an officer (Patrick Farrell) holding a man (24 year old William Cardenas) down with a shin to the throat (and the man begging for him to stop claiming that he can’t breath) felt the need to punch him directly in the face SIX times as shown in this video.

UPDATE: According to KCAL 9 the officers involved are currently under investigation for this very incident.

More Metroblogging Posts About This Video
* Update: FBI looks into the LAPD video – posted at 6:40 PM on Nov. 09
* The Video, the LAPD Blog, and how the two will relate – posted at 7:40 AM on Nov. 10
* Police Report and New LAPD Video Don’t Match Up – posted at 10:07 AM on Nov. 11


Please note, EVERYTHING below this point was written by CopWatchLA and is not the opinion of myself or anyone at Metroblogging, provided here solely to reference the stance they are taking with this video. – Sean

Video Description

These are 1 of 3 short clips of footage that was caught on tape of the LAPigD beating up an innocent man in Hollywood,CA a few months ago.

On August 11th, 2006, William Cardenas, 24 from Hollywood, California was arrested and brutally beaten by the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. The cops would have gotten away with the beating if it wasn’t for a neighbor who video-taped the beating on her camera.

Date: November 3, 2006

For Immediate Release: Police Brutality Caught on Video. SEE THE VIDEO AT www.copwatchla.org

Contact:

– COPWACTH Los Angeles Voice Mail – (562) 252-8501;

website – http://www.copwatchla.org

– Youth Justice Coalition: http://www.myspace.com/freela [email protected] (323)235-4243

– October 22nd Coalition: http://www.myspace.com/october22nd_la

Attorney B. Kwaku Duren (also Chair, New Black Panther Vanguard Movement) can be reached at [email protected] or (323) 290-6146 [office] or (310) 780-6739 [cell phone]

On August 11th, 2006, William Cardenas, 24 from Hollywood, California was arrested and brutally beaten by the Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. The cops would have gotten away with the beating if it wasn’t for a neighbor who video-taped the beating on her camera.

William Cardenas was still arrested and is still being charged with 2 counts of Penal Code 69, which is a felony “use of violence or threat of violence to prevent an officer from performing their duty.” The District Attorney’s Office is also adding a one year “gang” enhancement, alleging that his conduct was intended to benefit his alleged gang membership. However, William doesn’t have a history of gang involvement until now, or since the LAPD put it on his record.

In the video of the arrest, you can see two white cops, Patrick Farrell and Alexander Schlege, on top of William. Schlege held Willi am down and held his hands while Farell choked William with his knee and punched him several times with a full fist into the side of his face. Throughout the police assault, you can clearly hear Cardenas struggling to get words out of his mouth that he was choking and couldn’t breathe yet the blows from Farrell continue.

Joaquin Cienfuegos, an organizer with Cop Watch Los Angeles stated, “We feel that these are experiences that dehumanize people. They are taking away the human rights or William Cardenas, and therefore we do not see the police as ‘officers of the law’ or give them any respect — since this video supports the view that they are vicious animals who treat us as their prey.”

For most young working class people of color this is not new. We get stopped, harassed, brutalized, and sometimes even killed by the police in our communities simply due to the color of our skin, where we live, or how we dress and look. We are stopped and humilia ted for looking a certain way; they take pictures of us and we are added to the gang database; and baseless “gang enhancements” are charged by the District Attorney’s office. Most of the time, police actions do not get caught on camera, and are therefore hidden from the public.

A member from Cop Watch Los Angeles who wishes to remain anonymous states, “We are building a movement, along with other community organizations to stop this brutality and murder – which is nothing more than neo-colonialism – a crime against humanity. We need to defend our communities and ourselves from these racist policies and what we see as an occupying army that is the LAPD who terrorize us and our communities on a daily basis. The police who patrol us do not even live in our communities, so they do not know how to relate to us, and don’t know how to deal with our specific problems that can be handled without the use of brutality and murder. The policing that occurs in no way serves or protects us.”

Cop Watch Los Angeles empowers the community to patrol the police, to watch them, and take direct action to build liberated zones. We believe that communities can organize themselves. Through self-determination, we can deal with our own safety and defense through popular assemblies and direct-democratic community councils. We can build our own community defense and look after one another, so we won’t have police brutality.

Cop Watch Los Angeles is supporting William Cardenas, who is still facing criminal charges. Action against the cops Pattrick Farell and Alexander Schlege will be taken as well. Williams is scheduled for another court hearing on November 9, 2006 in Department 115 at 8:30 a.m. William is being defended, pro bono, by private attorney B. Kwaku Duren.

COPWATCH Los Angeles Office – c/o Chuco’s Justice Center 235 West Martin Luther King Blvd., L.A., CA 90037

27 Replies to “A New LAPD Beating Video?”

  1. Good find! I remember when everyone on this board was excited about the lapd blog for whatever reason. Somehow I don’t think this will make it on there. The LAPD is full of racist, incompetent punks.

  2. Cry me a flood!!! Cardenas is reportedly a known gang member that ran from officers when they attempted to arrest him on a felony warrant (receiving stolen property). We are TOO SOFT on thugs like this idiot! Rough him up and send him to a hell-hole of a prison (as if we had one in the USA).

    I’m tired of low-lifes like Cardenas walking the streets. You’re telling me that Cardenas probably hasn’t exacted the same type of “brutality” as a gang member on some other human being??? Where is the outcry over his blatant disregard for other people’s property or other laws he more than likely has broken in his capacity as a “gang member.” Not buying it.

  3. I agree with Barton277, this punk should be locked up. He is CLEARLY resisting arrest and not complying with officers to be handcuffed. If he “can’t breathe”, then why is he able to speak at all?

    This is NOT brutality. If you don’t want to be arrested, then live a clean, productive life and stay out of gangs.

  4. You’re telling me that Cardenas probably hasn’t exacted the same type of “brutality” as a gang member on some other human being???

    I don’t see anybody saying that at all. Instead, the point is that we’re supposed to be better people than Cardenas supposedly was. In case you’ve forgotten the last, oh, 2000 years of history “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” went out of style with the New Testament. Or if you prefer Socrates, “One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”

    And as for “clearly resisting arrest,” that argument gets made every time one of these videos surfaces, but I’d like to know how many people think they would actually just lay on the ground and be passive if somebody was beating you? Do you all think people like to be beaten so they keep fighting for more?

    Most of the “clearly resisting arrest” I see a man trying to cover his face to avoid more abuse.

  5. It’s not the arresting officer’s job to dole out punishment for Cardena’s crimes. That’s for the court to decide. They are supposed to exert whatever force is necessary to subdue the perp, then stop… not throw in a few extra blows to let off steam.

    The LAPD have a responsibility to maintain professionalism regardless of how scummy the scumbag may be.

  6. It’s funny how these gang members act so tough until they are confronted. They only get away with acting like thugs because nobody does. He didn’t sound so tough when he was crying about “I can’t breathe”. Well, if he is talking, then he is breathing. I hope this experience humbled him.

  7. My uncle being a veteran of the Sheriff’s department finds this clip to be dispecable. They had him under control and those punches to the face were uncalled for. This is why officers are equiped with stun guns and pepper spray to avoid situations like these.

    This certainly doesnt help the LAPD already tainted image. Yes, he’s a piece of shit gangmember. But they didnt need to go any farther than having him pinned down to the curb like that.

    I hope these guys lose their jobs.

  8. As I stated in my most recent post on this subject this will be a chance for the LAPD to use it’s blog to the fullest. Right now we have a few seconds of video and not much else to go on. As someone said in another forum videos hold more weight to a jury than an officer’s statement and with this moving to the court of public opinion the weight is going to be on the LAPD to either justify what can be seen in the video, or correct the situation that allowed it to happen. One of those two things need to happen for this to be resolved well. Simply saying “they were doing their jobs, the guy deserved it” won’t work. At this point no one has offered any evidence proving or disproving the suspects gang relation. CopWatch says he’s not a gang member, LAPD says he is. Fortunately this isn’t an opinion, someone will produce evidence proving their position and the other will be wrong. As for what is shown in the video, we don’t know what happened before that, but most people watching the video are having a very shocking reaction to it. Law Enforcement Officers are people too, and just like any other people sometimes they make mistakes and sometimes they go on powertrips. There are people wearing police uniforms out there who think the laws do not apply to them. Is that the case here, I have no idea but the investigations being conducted by the LAPD and the FBI will probably determine that.

  9. I am not a big defender of cops and I have actually participated in anti police brutality demonstrations BUT in this case he *is* clearly resisting arrest – the cop on his chest is trying to pull his arms together to cuff him and cardenas won’t comply. He absolutely can breathe if he’s yelling out “I can’t breathe”. The guy is fighting with them, he had a warrant, and thus they had a legitimate reason to arrest. This is no Rodney King. The cops also didn’t lie on the report – they said they hit him – so I don’t think they’re lying about his gang ties.

  10. This is my answer to Keith’s comment.
    In the moment you begin to act like your enemy, you become like him. You can’t act in the same way, because “as a civilized human being” you have to find civilized ways to fight against crime. In the time you cross the border and begin acting like a criminal you will become the monster that you’re fighting against, and of course, you don’t deserve any respect.
    If you support this behavior, you’re increasing the risk that maybe “by mistake” you or your family could receive the same treatment.
    American Society has to be run by institutions based on justice, respect and decency; we’re not living in the middle ages.
    Think about it.

  11. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, WHAT ABOUT RODNEY KING AND MANY OTHERS THAT DIDNT ASK FOR A ASS WHOOPING. BEING A MEMBER OF A GANG DOES NOT MEAN YOU DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR ASS BEAT, I LIKE TO SEE ANY OF YOU IN THAT SITUATION SEE WILL YOU JUST BE STILL, AND QUIET WITH A FOOT ON YOUR THROAT. MOST PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVE MUST HAVE NEVER MADE A MISTAKE IN LIFE, LET ME ASK HOW MUCH SHIT HAVE YALL GOTTEN AWAY WITH THAT YOU DESERVED A ASS WHOOPING FOR, WE SHOULD BE SLOW TO JUDGE ANYONE IN THAT SITUATION GANG MEMBER OR NOT. THE LAPD HAS BEEN CORRUPT SINCE THE DAYS OF THE BLACK PANTHERS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE CORRUPT UNTIL THEY ARE STOPPED. SO THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THOSE BULLSHIT COMMENT MUST HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A GANG OR NEITHER ARE THEY PEOPLE OF COLOR, IF THEY WERE THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND HOW THIS SYSTEM TREATS BLACKS, AND MEXICANS. SINCE THESE PEOPLE ARE SO PERFECT THAN I GUESS THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CAST STONES ON ANYONE. PEACE

  12. I am from India. I can understand if this kind of beating in India because in India there is no law and order. Police can do what so ever they want to and people can do nothing. But in USA. This was very brutal. Both the police officers should be removed from their job and should be brought to justice. This is America and the law is supreme. We did not migrate to America to see this brutality.
    God Bless America.

  13. It’s amazing how 1000’s of innocent women and children are getting beaten up (worse than this criminal is) every day by people that they live with, and we focus on this one incident….

    This guy deserved every punch he got and more…

  14. I have some advice for the idiots of this world… And maybe we have to say this many times…

    1) Don’t break the law…
    2) If you break the law don’t run from the police when they try to arrest you….
    3) If you break the law, and run from the police, don’t resist arrest…

    If you decide to violate all 3 of the above, I personally expect and would like the police to kick the fuck out of you…

    It’s pretty simple, if you don’t want to be hurt, don’t do any of the 3 things mentioned above

  15. So you’re a gangmember for doing your bro a favor by holding onto property he stole, and you know to be stolen?

    Notice how quickly the guy stops fighting when he’s told to by his bros.

    Both cops misused his training.

  16. OK let’s use your argument… If I were William I would much rather be punched that tased (with a taser)…. And I don’t see anyone going ape-shit about cops using tasers….

    The only thing is that it invokes an emotional response since it’s one human being hitting another… But in reality it’s much more brutal to be hit with taser electricity than to be punched with a fist …

  17. BCM, it is not up to you to decide whether this guy got what he deserved or not. Summary justice is not justice. Perhaps you’ll be a little less simplistic when you have the misfortune of being on the wrong side of a police misunderstanding. It is not up to the police to “kick the fuck” out of anyone for anything. The courts are there for a reason, or would dispense with them too.

    As for the video, it is too short to tell for sure, but from the short section made publically available, I am not surprised that the guy thinks he can’t breathe. Officer Patrick Farrell looks like a hefty guy, and if it is his voice on there uttering the word “officer”, then he sounds like a genuine Irish redneck, what we here call a culchie, so his over the top reaction is no surprise… just watch any match of Gaelic football and you’ll see far worse.

  18. Here’s the thing….This incident just happened to be caught on video. This makes me wonder about all the other unjustified beatings by the LAPD that wasnt caught on video. Even if Cardenas was wanted by police for gang activity, police are expected to do their jobs..they are sworn to uphold the law and to protect and serve. They have a responsibility to file a police report honestly and truthfully. Apparently Cardenas was already subdued. If someone was cutting off my air supply, I’d be struggling too!

    If police officers will lie about the small things, they’ll lie about worse things. And I do know this… I have never been in trouble in my life, but if the LAPD tells everyone that I was a wanted murderer with a list of charges a mile long, I can promise you, 90% of the world will believe it. Despite that, the police can not justify this. But I dont blame these two officers. I blame the Police Department and Administration who makes it possible for them and others like them, to get away with stuff like this. As long as these officers “click up” and protect other officers who they know are in the wrong, things like this (dept abuse) will always exist.

    Someone definitely needs to oversee LAPD because most of them they cant be trusted…from the bottom all the way up in command.

  19. 5000!: “we’re supposed to be better people than Cardenas supposedly was.” We’ve tried it–it doesn’t work. People like Cardenas know that the courts/prisons are clogged with people just like him. He won’t be punished and he knows it. We’re too stinkin’ nice about crime. Bring back public executions, make prison a prison (i.e. no cable, libraries, weight rooms, etc.), make the punishment severe enough that the Cardenases of the world will think twice. And, for the record, I think that “eye for an eye” thing is a pretty good idea.

    Amy: “American Society has to be run by institutions based on justice, respect and decency” Let me know when you wake up from your deam world. Take a look around. You make the very wrong assumption that people are basically good– they are not! Give most anyone the opportunity and a near guarantee of not being caught or punished, they will steal you blind or knock you in the head for $20. Have you ever been the victim of a heinous crime and watched the perp walk “scott-free?” Well, our family has. When you can speak from experience, I’ll listen.

  20. Rough him up and throw him in prison??? WTF!? NO ONE deserves that kind of treatment, that was completely uncalled for. I see child molesters and rapists get off easier than that, i hope this case is investigated and these cops get what is coming to them. This is exactly the kind of shit that makes people hold a resentment and become unable to trust the law inforcement for domestic problems in the inner community. Violence has never been the solution, they did not need to choke and punch William Cardenas in the face dozens of times in order to get him to give in to the arrest. I’m pissed and his high school friends (Juan.M,Jimmy.G) who knew him closely are pissed………… and to officer Schlege and Farell Karma is a real thing you will see……

  21. For all of you defending the police:

    Your argument that Cardenas should have gotten treated that way because he is a gang member is flawed. He had no history of gang violence.

    To say that he is clearly resisting arrest proves that you all need glasses. I’ve looked at these videos over and over again to make sure I saw everything. He’s trying to shield his face from the punches, while the punkass cop who is holding his hands together is not trying to arrest him. He doesn’t even have handcuffs out. Way to hang yourself with your own words.

    There’s never a need to punch a man (who can’t breathe or hardly move, with his back pinned between the street and the sidewalk) repeatedly and call it “necessary force.” Instead, why doesn’t the LAPD learn how to exercise some restraint. And if you’re going to make a comment about the video. How about you watch it first.

  22. Aren’t most people “arrested” on their back? What cop puts handcuffs on from the front? And he does have handcuffs in his hand, but they’re not open.

  23. Lady: I watched the video AGAIN. Same reaction as the first time: no sympathy for Cardenas. He’s a punk. The “good news” is these cops will probably lose their jobs, which means there’s an opening for you in the LAPD’s “I’m An Expert Video Watcher” department.

    You’d change your tune if you had one of these punks living next door (which I DO!!!!!). Whatever it takes to get them off the street.

  24. Cardenas could have ended the incident at any time…by ending his resistence to arrest. They were attempting to handcuff him, and the ‘beating’ as the low-lifes allege was in reality a measured attempt to force an end to a violent confrontation. Cardenas said he couldn’t “breath”…well he could breath well enough to continue to resist being taken in to custody. Tell you what folks…if you think you can do the job better, and arrest violent thugs with ‘less violent’ means, i’m willing to be your test dummy. We’ll do a scenario where i’ll play the gang-member, and you get to take me in to custody. Show me how you’d do it better.

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