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Video shows LAPD officers clashing with partygoers at Halloween event; investigation launched

June 9, 2011 |  8:22 am

The Los Angeles Police Department said it has launched an investigation into a video that an attorney says shows excessive force by police officers.

The video shows police officers responding to a loud Halloween party last year. It shows several officers telling partygoers to back up. At one point, the video shows a group of officers forcibly taking one person into custody.

"As part of the investigation, the Department will review the entire video tape and all the facts of this case and the officers' actions," the LAPD said in a statement. "An Internal Affairs Division review will include taking into account a multitude of critical issues including authority, participation, training, procedures, perception and credibility."

The statement, however, stressed that the department has not determined the actions of the officers were wrong.

"While we welcome the questioning of the officers' actions, it is premature for the Department or the public to make a judgment in this case," it said.

Danny Moran and his wife presented the video at a news conference Wednesday with their attorney, Luis Carrillo. They claim the video shows excessive force by officers. Moran claims that officers struck him with their batons without provocation.


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Photo: An image from the video. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5