LOS ANGELES — A graphic video has surfaced showing a woman lying in blood on the pavement with her skirt lifted up after she was ejected from a moving police car.
The woman reports that an officer sexually assaulted her inside of the vehicle while she was handcuffed.
It began when Kim Nguyen, 27, was out with her friends having drinks.
She says that as they were waiting for a taxi to get home, LAPD officers rolled up and began asking questions.
Shortly thereafter, they arrested Kim for being “intoxicated” — despite the fact that she was about to get into a taxi to go home.
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Her two male friends were left behind, as the arresting officers took Kim away and forced her into their squad car alone.
The friends asked the police where Kim was being taken, but the police would not tell them a specific location, according to reports.
Kim reports that she was handcuffed and restrained in the back of the car, and one of the officers remained in the backseat with her while the other drove.
The officer was grabbing in between her thighs and forcing her legs open, fondling her chest and grabbing her ear to yank her closer to him, she reported.
Footage shows the squad car accelerating through a green light, and moments later Kim is seen sprawled on the pavement bleeding — her blue skirt can be seen hiked up above her buttocks and bunched around her stomach as if it had been gripped.
She was severely injured when she impacted the pavement.
She fell into a coma and spent two weeks in the hospital, suffering from a broken jaw and brain injuries. She also lost all of her teeth.
A lone officer happened to turn and follow the officers whose car Kim was ejected from, and saw Kim on the pavement.
The footage shows all of them come to a stop moments later.
But they didn’t know that a surveillance camera from a local building captured the footage.
Contrary to their story, the footage shows them accelerating down the street through a green light moments before Kim was ejected.
“The video shows that the statement that the police officers gave the paramedics is an unabashed, unequivocal lie,” says Kim’s lawyer, Arnoldo Casillas.
Kim adds that she could not have opened the door herself, because she was handcuffed.
The officers were identified as David Shin and Jin Oh in a report from the LA Times.
At the time of that report, Kim had not gone public about the sexual assault. She has now done that and is suing the LAPD.
The LAPD did not comment on the litigation, when asked by KCAL 9.
One commenter noted after reviewing the footage, “Abduction and rape by the LAPD is pretty rampant, especially in areas like this. Everybody knows exactly what happened to this poor young lady.”
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