According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a handcuffed woman was ejected from a moving patrol car, resulting in serious injuries for the woman and a rising number of questions surrounding the officers’ version of events.
In the L.A. city of Koreatown during the early morning hours of March 17, 28 year-old Kim Nguyen and her friends were waiting in a parking lot to be picked up by a designated driver. According to her interview with the LA Times, Nguyen said that a pair of LAPD officers drove by, stopped, and approached Kim to question her and her two male friends.
After a series of events, Nguyen was then handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car for “public intoxication.”
As the patrol car travelled along the street, a surveillance camera on a nearby building shows the vehicle approaching an intersection. Seconds later, the camera pans a few feet and Nguyen can be seen lying in the street, still handcuffed, with her dress pulled down by her waist and blood visible on her face.
Nguyen says she does not remember falling out of the car, but says she knows she didn’t open the door herself since she was handcuffed.
According to the report reviewed by the LA Times, paramedics said the officers claimed that the patrol car came to a stop at an intersection and Nguyen fell out as the vehicle then accelerated to 10 mph.
But the video contradicts that claim, showing that the patrol car was traveling at a much faster speed without stopping or slowing at the intersection.
Watch surveillance footage of the incident in the video below.