“The guy throws a knee on my neck, but I was awkward on the sidewalk,” William Cardenas said in a jailhouse interview with reporters. “It was awkward. I was like on the driveway or something, so my rib was on the sidewalk. I just felt punches coming left and right as I was tellin’ them, `I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”‘
In the story he admits he was wrong to run and says he was just scared but that he never fought back. Also, and I don’t see this in this specific story, but on last nights broadcast news they showed video from this interview where he denied being a gang member once again. Not that this is entirely telling but he has no visible tattoos which would make that a difficult statement to make. On the broadcast they immediately followed up with Chief Bratton saying “Well, his name is in CalGangs so that means he’s a gang member.” This will be an interesting point going forward as the original statements by the officer and the LAPD claim that Cardenas status as a gang member gave them cause to use extra caution and justified the force – if he is in fact not a gang member as CopWatch originally claimed it should probably be looked into as to how someone ends up in the CalGangs list.
More Metroblogging Posts About This Video
* A New LAPD Beating Video? – posted 11:11 AM on Nov. 08
* 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 on Nov. 11
*Use Of Force – Explained on LAPD Blog – posted at 9:17 AM on Nov.13