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LAPD Officers Body Slam Nurse During Tujunga Traffic Stop

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation following the alleged brutal arrest of a mom during a routine traffic stop at Del Taco in Tujunga.

LAPD Officers Body Slam Nurse During Tujunga Traffic Stop

Los Angles Police Department will conduct an internal investigation into what happened last week when two officers allegedly used force to arrest a 34-year-old woman for an apparent cell phone violation, according to Huffington Post

Michelle Jordan of Sunland was pulled over by two LAPD Foothill Station officers during a traffic stop near Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Street, at Del Taco about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to a LAPD news release. 

A business surveillance camera captured the incident on video, which was first obtained by NBC4, and shows officers body-slamming Jordan and giving each other what appears to be a congratulatory fist-pump. 

Jordan exited her car and allegedly began a confrontation with the officers, according to LAPD. She was taken to the ground and handcuffed. While still handcuffed, Jordan and the officers began a dispute and the officers took her to the ground a second time, authorities said.    

She was arrested and booked on suspicion of interfering or resisting arrest. She was later released on bond.  

Based on Jordan's statement during arrest and what LAPD's Internal Affairs Group investigators saw in the surveillance video, a personnel complaint was initiated against both officers, officials said. 

Both officers, whose names were not immediately released, were assigned to non-field duties pending the investigation, police said. One officer has 22 years of service and the other officer is a probationary officer with 10 months on the job. 

"My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in a prepared statement.

"We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions," Beck said. 

Authorities urge anyone with information to call LAPD's Foothill Area Watch Commander at (818)756-8861 or Internal Affairs Group at (213) 485-1486. 

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