Did you see the video?
My opinion is first the church and community groups' prepared so not one act of violence occurred. GOOD!
If there had been a riot the community would have been given $$$ like what happened in Michigan recently. How about rewarding people for working to prevent violence?
Seven jurors voted the officer was guilty of excessive force. GOOD!
The only person who went to jail was the man who filmed the assault. NOT GOOD!
As a nurse I know "not charted = not done". Seems it is OK not to document throwing a limp teen who has committed no crime onto a car and punching him in the face.
As a nurse I know that four small women could restrain a man that size on PCP who is fighting and biting. There were MANY police standing around and the kid was handcuffed. The officer was only 25 years old.
There are prayer vigils planned from 7:00 to 8:00 pm for forty nights in front of the City Hall. Seems like an appropriate response to me. Timing is difficult for the staff of the 2 nearby hospitals to attend because they are on 12 hour shifts 7- 7:30 AM & PM.
Mistrial Declared in Inglewood Police Case
An ex-officer was charged with assault for slamming a youth onto a car trunk and hitting him. Partner is cleared of writing a false report.
By Richard Marosi and Nancy Wride
Times Staff Writers
July 30, 2003
Jurors in the Donovan Jackson police-abuse trial declared Tuesday that they could not reach a verdict on the assault charge against Jeremy Morse, the former Inglewood police officer caught on videotape last summer slamming Jackson, then 16, onto the trunk of a police car and punching him in the face.
In a case that drew national attention, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Hollingsworth Jr. announced a hung jury on the charge against Morse, 25, after the foreman of the jury said further deliberations would not change members' minds. The jury deadlocked with seven voting Morse guilty and five voting not guilty, a split the foreman said had changed little over three days of deliberations.
The same jury found Morse's former partner, Bijan Darvish, 26, not guilty of filing a false police report about the confrontation. The two men faced up to three years in prison if convicted on the felony charges.
Jackson, 17, sat quietly during the proceedings. "We tried. We tried. We tried," community activist Mollie Bell said as she hugged Jackson's mother, Felicia Chavis.
The jury's failure to agree on the guilt or innocence of Morse left the closely watched case unsettled. The seven-day trial, which had racial overtones because Morse is white and Jackson is black, was monitored by civil rights activists, community members and federal officials.
With worries that an unpopular verdict could lead to violence, as was seen after the acquittal of police officers in the 1992 Rodney G. King beating trial, community organizers had worked for months to encourage peaceful demonstrations, regardless of the outcome. Ministers in local churches on Sunday delivered sermons urging calm.
On Tuesday, there were plenty of opinions but no trouble after the jury's decision was announced.
At the Soul Food Kitchen at Manchester Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, owner Adolf Dulan applauded the work of civic and religious leaders.
"Most of my customers here, their attitude is: 'Let's keep a cool head. Let's not have a repeat of the Rodney King blowout,' " he said. "I've seen a few hotheads, but people who have a vested interest in the community want to keep it safe."
During the trial, Deputy Dist. Attys. Max Huntsman and Michael Pettersen based their case against the officers on three seconds of video that shows Morse slamming Jackson on the trunk of a police cruiser. Prosecutors said Jackson appeared lifeless, dangling like a rag doll, which made Morse's response an excessive use of force.
Defense attorneys argued that the slam culminated a fierce and long struggle, during which Jackson grabbed, kicked and punched at the officers. Morse, having suffered neck and ear injuries, manhandled Jackson because the teenager was passively resisting by going limp, attorneys said. The teenager, they argued, later grabbed Morse's testicles, prompting the punch and proving Morse had not used enough force. Jackson suffered minor injuries.
Jackson's family, who has said an auditory disorder impedes Jackson's ability to communicate and may have slowed his response to police commands, said Tuesday that they were not surprised by the trial's outcome. "No, uh-uh," said Nancy Goins of Los Angeles, Donovan's aunt, with a deep sigh. "Not surprised."
"It's not fair. I think he's guilty," Rodriguez said after the decision. "I was surprised. I feel a little bad..... He was handcuffed and didn't deserve to be beaten. I have respect for the police, but the police should have respect for the people."