A formal complaint against Paul Espinoza was sustained by LAPD.
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This video was recorded on February 21, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. As you will see from the footage, the officer's behavior is deeply disturbing and should cause alarm within the Los Angeles Police Department.
And despite what the officer claims in the video, it is completely legal to photograph and videotape anybody, including police officers, when an expectation of privacy does not exist. It is the public's right to photograph and record police activity that occurs on our streets and in our neighborhoods, and we should not be subjected to verbal assaults, illegal detainment, or threatened with an unlawful arrest if we choose to do so.
This encounter could have been a non-issue.
To voice your concerns regarding this officer's behavior, contact the following individuals and offices:
Internal Affairs - Los Angeles Police Department
304 South Broadway, Suite 215
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti, City Council President
5500 Hollywood Blvd., 4th Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tom LaBonge, Councilmember, District 4
Hollywood Field Office
6501 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 957-6415