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Title: Fresno police officer punches innocent teen multiple times
Source: KABC
URL Source: https://abc7.com/video-fresno-polic ... s-teen-multiple-times/5483063/
Published: Aug 21, 2019
Author: KABC
Post Date: 2019-08-22 10:03:54 by Deckard
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Views: 1520
Comments: 74

FRESNO, Calif. (KABC) -- Allegations of excessive force are being aimed at a police officer in Fresno after bodycam video shows a teen being repeatedly punched.

This video shows officers at an apartment complex looking for wanted gang members.

After one teen is frisked and told to sit down, an officer jumps on him and starts punching him multiple times.

Audio transcript from police body camera:
"Attention, apartment 204, this is the Fresno Police Department. If you're inside make your presence known."

"Hey, don't touch my little brother."

WATCH: Body camera footage captures the confrontation

Police now say 17-year-old London Wallace has no gang affiliations and no criminal history.

The teen was initially charged with resisting arrest, but after seeing the bodycam video, prosecutors have now dropped all charges.

Fresno police have now launched an internal affairs investigation, and Wallace has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the department.

"It's a very disappointing situation. You can see London Wallace crying. You can see him bleeding," said attorney Nolan Kane.

London Wallace had no gang connections and no criminal history.

"He's a high school kid. He likes playing basketball. He's a nice, calm, timid person," Kane said. "And you can kind of see that in the video. He's not used to police contact."

Officer Christopher Martinez wrote in his report that he thought Wallace was going to try to run away. He said he punched Wallace three times in the face, which let the officer get his back off the second story balcony railing.

Legal analyst Ralph Torres says police usually have a built-in civil lawsuit defense of fearing for the officer's safety.

"But in this case, the kid was patted down. There was nothing there," Torres said. "And I don't see anything that was consistent with an officer basically putting his fist right through his face."
Nolan Kane says it's important for the public to see the body camera footage so they can get the full picture, which often benefits police, but not in this case.

"In this case, it's not going to be London's word against the officer's word. The jury's going to get to see the full footage and they'll be able to decide whether this is something that's acceptable," Kane said.

Police chief Jerry Dyer saw the video for the first time Tuesday.

"I can tell you after looking at the video that it is disturbing to see what occurred in the video," Dyer said.

An initial use of force investigation didn't find the officer used excessive force, but Chief Dyer says there's now an internal affairs investigation. He says there are a lot of different angles and different people may have different perspectives, but the investigation will be conducted quickly and it could possibly lead to discipline.

KFSN-TV contributed to this report.

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#4. To: Deckard, misterwhite (#0)

Upon reading the posted article, I encountered an irresistible desire to know why were the police there in the first place. It just seems a strange thing to omit from the story.


Police chief Jerry Dyer says he saw the video for the first time Tuesday after Action News asked for comment. An initial use of force investigation did not find excessive force by the officer, and Dyer says the investigation didn't rise to his level, ending on the desk of a deputy chief he would not name.

In a press conference Wednesday, Dyer said the confrontation seen in the video happened on January 23, when detectives from the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium were conducting a probation search of an apartment. He said there were several known gang members and firearms present.

Wallace, who has no criminal history, was in a bedroom at the time.

Dyer said a family member emailed the department on March 25, indicating they wanted to lodge a complaint, but according to police, they couldn't locate that person until May 7. The internal affairs investigation was prompted once they obtained a recorded statement.

"I'm asking people reserve final judgment until the entire investigation is complete and findings are rendered," Dyer said.

In addition to looking for witnesses and conducting officer interviews, they'll be reviewing 40 body-worn cameras that were there.

The chief said he has asked those findings be expedited within the next 30 days.

Based on the outcome, he said appropriate action will be taken.

Officer Martinez has been placed on routine modified duty at a desk instead of on the streets.

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#6. To: nolu chan (#4)

He said there were several known gang members and firearms present.

So when one of them acts up, you don't know what's going to follow.

The cops are dealing with rabid, feral animals here. They chose their life. This is part of it.

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