Suspect Hospitalized After Confrontation With Police
An unidentified suspect who allegedly caused a disturbance near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Sunday is in serious but stable condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Police used a taser to subdue the suspect and he fell and struck his head on the curb.
Officer Cleon Joseph, an LAPD spokesman, said police are not releasing the suspect’s name or age at this time, or whether he will be charged with a crime. Officers were responding to an unrelated call about an intoxicated person at a bar at the Hollywood and Highland Center when they came upon the suspect causing a disturbance across the street. The suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated, had confronted several African American men on the sidewalk near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and called them derogatory names. According to Joseph, the officers asked the suspect to leave the area, but he refused and became aggressive with the officers, threatening them and approaching with his fists clenched. Officer Chris Craig, of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, fired a taser at the suspect, striking him in the upper body. The suspect fell and struck his head, after which the officers called for paramedics, and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division are investigating the incident, which is standard procedure anytime an officer uses a weapon against a suspect. Detectives will be reviewing surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident. Officials are interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD’s Investigation Division at (213)486-5230. During weekends, and off hours, call (877)LAPD-24-7.