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Man allegedly goes into LAPD station, threatens officers and leads police in chase

Police arrested a man Thursday who allegedly threatened officers inside a South Los Angeles police station before leading them on a nearly half-hour televised chase.

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody by about a dozen LAPD officers around 2:15 p.m. after a chase that began about 1:50 p.m. at the Southwest Area police station in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said.

Police said the man walked into the station and said he wanted to kill police officers before running out and getting into his car, Eisenman said.

During the pursuit, the suspect ran through stop signs and red lights. He also drove on a sidewalk and into lanes with oncoming traffic. Two officers were injured in an accident during the chase.

Officers hemmed him in at 37th Street and Normandie Avenue. News footage showed officers breaking the windows of the suspect's vehicle and using a Taser before wrestling him out and onto the ground.

--Andrew Blankstein

 
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Video footage on KTLA also showed cops punching the guy from outside the car, before bringing the TASER. After he got out, and was up against the car, it looked like they bodyslammed him and/or struck him as they were handcuffing him. Standard procedure? I think not.

ADAM, If that's true GOOD! Well done LAPD.

Coppers weren't over aggressive however, their approach to the termination of the pursuit sucked and it was embarrassing!! You have officers jumping on top of the car, i counted about 6 officers that could have gotten shot by cross-fire and the fact that the a-hole suspect could have had a gun!!! There goes tactics out the window!!! One other thing, u have the female officer with the taser who gets a little too trigger happy and shocks a couple of the officers that are trying to take the guy into custody! Boot perhaps????


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