An LAPD officer has been placed on administrative leave following the release of a video showing him punching a suspect as he was loaded into an ambulance following a botched carjacking attempt.
According to a Monday report on KTTV-TV, the officer involved in Saturday's event was relieved of his police authority after two suspects in a carjacking were caught following a pursuit that ended in a crash near San Fernando.
Witnesses stated that the suspect spat on the officer prior to the assault, and grew "aggressive" toward first responders before attempting to flee the scene. Reports state the man grew increasingly hostile then referred to a group of cops as "b**ch" during an angry outburst.
That's when the man reared back and spit at one of the officers and the officer did what any red-blooded American would do, he punched him in the face.
One witness said of the station, "The guy [the suspect] was lying on a gurney and they were preparing to restrain him as he was shouting. He was pleading with the cop to remove his badge when he spat on him. That is when the police hit him violently."
Following the release of the video footage, the Los Angeles Police Department's chief issued a statement in which he stated, "The images in the video are deeply disturbing and while we must wait for the investigation to be completed, the department will act swiftly in any instance of excessive or unnecessary force."
The Los Angeles Police Department stated that it was reviewing the officer's behavior and has opened an investigation.