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LAPD officers under investigation after Pacoima beating incident

Two Los Angeles police officers are under investigation following a beating incident in Pacoima that was captured on video footage, authorities said Tuesday evening.

The use-of-force incident occurred during a traffic stop and arrest Aug. 21 in the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. The department announced the incident and Internal Affairs investigation in a statement, but police officials provided no details on what sparked the confrontation.

"My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this use of force," Chief Charlie Beck said in the statement. "We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions."

Law enforcement officials who viewed the footage described it as "very troubling" and said the officers' actions would be "difficult to explain."

The LAPD said the officers reported the incident to their supervisor, as required by department policy. 

"Based on the statement of the arrestee and the contents of the video, a personal complaint was initiated," the LAPD said. "The two officers have been assigned to non-field duties pending the outcome of the investigation."

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

 
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