Matt Weinstock, Oct. 26, 1959
October 26, 2009 | 4:00 pm
All Steve Medved wants is to be left alone by the LAPD. He hopes that now, after a third trial, he has it made.
Medved, 38, is a big (6'2, 230), easy going fellow of Yugoslav descent. But he can be tough and stubborn when aroused. He was in the Marine Corps during the Second World War.
His trouble began last Feb. 5 when two officers stopped him at 6th and Bixel and accused him of being drunk. He said he wasn't but admitted he'd had several beers. The words became hotter and the nightmare began.
Medved claims he was struck repeatedly on the head with blackjacks until unconscious. Later, at the emergency hospital, he says he was beaten again while his hands were cuffed behind him. He woke up in General Hospital strapped to a bed and in leg irons, charged with being drunk. Stitches were taken to close his wounds.
MEDVED BELIEVES IN FIGHTING for his rights. He hired an attorney, a former FBI agent, pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial. The trial, held in March, resulted in a hung jury.
Then began what he regards as a deliberate roust. He was continually being stopped, questioned and handled roughly. Another thing, he could no longer get jobs as a structural steel worker. The beating given him at his first arrest broke an eardrum and a knee cartilage, making it impossible for him to work on high beams. He got several jobs as a bartender but lost them due to what he considers pressure on the owners.
He was arrested again in April at 6th and Alvarado, this time for being drunk and resisting arrest. The officers said he looked like a robbery suspect they were hunting. Medved pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial. This time he was acquitted.
He was arrested again for intoxication Sept. 14 as he walked out of a bar at the same corner. Again he pleaded not guilty and asked for a court trial. It was held a few days ago. The officers testified that he was staggering. Witnesses who saw him being arrested testified that he was not. The arresting officers admitted they knew of Medved's prior involvements with police. The judge found him not guilty.
Three arrests. No convictions.
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