Los Angeles Police Department has released new bodycam footage of an officer responding to a pursuit suspect with a 10-month-old infant who had suffered an injury. Skull fracture
The incident took place February 11, 2011, at 11:21 p.m. Gang enforcement officers arrived Near 55th Street and Long Beach Avenue, South L.A. Silver Jeep Wrangler with tinted glass “driving erratically,”LAPD Capt. Stacy Spell stated in a VideoReleased by the department.
Police drove up to the vehicle but the driver raced off and crashed into it. Large flatbed truck
Video shows damage to the Jeep’s side following the crash.
Spell stated that the suspect fled as officers approached him, launching an 11-minute chase.
The chase continued until the suspect finally stopped the car and got out. He then fled from officers.
The man was later identified by officers as Josue, a 25-year-old man, walks through a park and into his neighborhood.
“I got him, I got him, I got him,”As he ran past officers and towards the suspect, one officer could be clearly heard saying it in body-worn camera footage.
The officer caught up to him and “used his bodyweight to take him down to the grass lawn,”Spell.
The officer yells “Stop! Police! Stop”Video footage is shown before the man is tackled to the ground.
As he hits the ground, the sound of a baby’s cry is heard.
“I’m sorry but I’m trying to take him home,”The officer replies that another officer has picked up the child.
Spell said officers didn’t know Huerta held a baby.
“Unbeknownst to any officer, the suspect was holding a 10-month-old infant,”The captain spoke. “Officers were immediately able to pick up the infant and secure him.”
Huerta, who is the infant’s father, was then taken into custody. The police said that he was not hurt.
The infant was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a small skull injury to his right side. According to LAPD, the infant also tested positive in cocaine and fentanyl.
Before being released to his mother, he was admitted to the hospital.
“The cause of the child’s injury has not been determined. However, the incident is being investigated as a categorical use of force incident because the force used cannot be ruled out as the cause of the injury,”Spell.
Michel Moore, Chief of LAPD, previously stated to a civilian oversight panel, that doctors couldn’t definitively determine the cause of the injury. This could be due to the tackle or the vehicle collision.
According to LAPD investigators discovered narcotics as well three unloaded 9 millimeter gun magazines, cash, and several other items at the scene.
Multiple charges were brought against the L.A. County district attorney Huerta is charged with one count each of child abuse, felony evading and felony possession of drugs for sale. Spell added that one count of misdemeanor run was also included in the case.
Investigations are ongoing into the incident. A civilian board of police commissioners has been established evaluate the evidence to determine whether the officer’s tactics and use of force met standards.