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Kim Nguyen Latest Victim of LAPD’s Olympic Division

Kim Nguyen: LAPD Victim

This is Kim Nguyen a few moments after she “fell” out of an LAPD patrol car in the early hours of March 17, 2013. Her left bra strap is broken and top of her dress is pulled down to her waist.

Her jaw was shattered. She lost most of her front teeth. She had to be put in a medically induced coma because of bleeding to her brain. When she awoke a few days later, she found bruising on the inside of her thighs.

This is what she looked like two hours before she met the LAPD.

Kim Nguyen: LAPD Brutality Victim

What happened? After a night out in Koreatown, Nguyen and two male friends were waiting in a restaurant parking-lot for a designated driver to pick them up. Two LAPD officers drove by in a marked patrol car, stopped, and approached Nguyen.

After briefly questioning Nguyen and her friends, the officers left, but circled back, as Nguyen was running across the street toward a late-night cafe. She was then arrested for public intoxication on 6th Street between Oxford & Serrano. The officers refused to tell her friends where exactly she was being taken. Her friends were told they would need to call the police department to locate her.

On their way to taking her to jail, right after the patrol car passed through Olympic & Grand in downtown, Nguyen allegedly jumped or fell out.



What you see in the screenshot above is her on the street… That bruising on her face, the broken bra strap, and the pulled-down top of her dress were supposedly because of the fall.


The arresting officers have been identified as David E. Shin (신은총) and Jinseok Oh (오진석) of Olympic Division.

No one had any idea what happened on March 17 until the surveillance video was uncovered.

Unlike most other victims in the Koreatown area over the years who are undereducated or undocumented or have been made to disappear, Miss Nguyen has enough resources and cognizance of her rights to pursue legal suit. It was also very fortunate that there was video footage that blatantly contradicted the official lies.

Miss Nguyen has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. She is still facing many surgeries as a result of the trauma of that night.

If you have information on this case or on other victims of LAPD’s Olympic Division, email policeabuse [@] koreatownla.org


TIMELINE OF EVENTS

March 17, 2013

The incident occurs. Paramedics say when they arrived, Ms. Nguyen was in handcuffs and sprawled on the street. The officers tell paramedics she fell out of their vehicle as they accelerated 10 mph from a stop at the traffic-lights intersection.

March 18

A family member of Ms. Nguyen files a citizen complaint with the LAPD.

Ms. Nguyen has been placed in a medically induced coma to prevent the bleeding from damaging her brain. She is in a coma for six days. When she awoke, she found bruises all over her body, including the inside of her thighs. Her jaw is wired shut for two months to allow it to heal.

June 19

LAPD’s Legal Affairs Division informs Internal Affairs of a “claim for damages” filed on behalf of Ms. Nguyen. Such action is understood to be a precursor to a civil lawsuit.

July 3

A civil lawsuit is filed by Ms. Nguyen’s lawyers at the Los Angeles Superior Court.

September 1

No movement on LAPD’s part. Ms. Nguyen’s lawyer goes public with a video that clearly shows the officers had lied in their statements to the paramedics.

LAPD tells the media that the department is nearing the end of their internal investigation, which they claimed to have initiated in March.

December 6

In a sworn deposition, Ms. Nguyen says one of the officers was groping her in the back of the patrol car in the minutes before she ended up on the pavement. Specifically, he was grabbing at her breasts, yanking at her ear to get her to face him, and pulling the inside of her left thigh, presumably to get her to open her legs.

January 9, 2014

No movement on LAPD’s part. Ms. Nguyen’s lawyer informs the media that she was deposed by the city attorney’s office in December. A video clip is aired that shows her talking about the officer’s attack on her person.

To this day, neither David E. Shin (신은총) nor Jinseok Oh (오진석) has been taken off the field. They continue to patrol the streets of Koreatown and Pico-Union, pulling over women for alleged traffic violations.

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Line Hotel Now Serving Unpeeled Kiwi

In what seems to be the latest hipster craze to emanate from the hipster haven of Koreatown, the Line Hotel is reportedly now serving unpeeled kiwi in their fruit bowl.

Photo taken by Instagram user @WhosGlutenFree and posted on her IG account.

Come to Koreatown and experience the fuzzy natural goodness that only hip people can enjoy!

Guilty Plea Entered in Case of Man Found Dead In Koreatown Apartment

A 67-year-old man entered a guilty plea today for the killing of a Koreatown resident found beaten to death in the resident’s apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Sabrina Corsa said Roy Lee Adams pleaded to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted to three prior convictions for which he received state prison sentences.

Adams is expected to get a nine-year prison sentence at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 in Department 37 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

The body of Cornelius Rich, 62, was found in his apartment approximately 10 days after his death in March 2013. The victim’s body was only discovered because the apartment manager for the building on the 500 block of Kingsley Drive received complaints about the smell coming from the unit, the prosecutor said.

Both men knew each other prior to Rich’s death, the prosecutor added.

Homicides in the Greater Koreatown Area

City Council has designated Koreatown’s formal borders as Western, Olympic, Vermont, and 3rd, with a business corridor on Western from 3rd to Rosewood. Locals’ use of the term “Greater Koreatown” refers to a larger area extending to Melrose, Virgil, Pico and Wilton, and even slightly beyond into parts of Silver Lake, East Hollywood, Westlake, Pico-Union, Harvard Heights, Wilshire Park, and Country Club.

The list below is in the process of being completed.

April 30, 2014

Reported homicide at Wilshire & Burlington in Westlake, east of Koreatown proper, at 1:15 pm. A passing motorcyclist was shot dead in the crossfire of a gang shooting by the Home Depot.

April 29, 2014

Filed report of a homicide / criminal murder in the 100 block of South Oxford Avenue in North Koreatown, at 12:25 pm.

April 16, 2014

Filed report of a homicide / criminal murder in the 700 block of South Mariposa Avenue in South Koreatown, at 7:00 am.

February 2014

Clay Casey is shot dead after his son’s performance at Rooftop 3100.

January 2014

Jonathan “Kid” Villamizar, 19, and Alexander “Frosty” Veleche, 24, are shot dead on 3rd & Normandie.

November 2013

Koreatown resident Randall Kreeger is found dead in an East Hollywood dumpster.

August 2013

LAPD shoot dead a man who allegedly fired upon officers on Pico near Mariposa, just south of Koreatown proper. He has not been identified.

July 2013

Juan Diaz Chavez, a Marine veteran and avid police supporter working as a security guard, is shot dead by LAPD outside a church in the 1800 block of West Pico Boulevard in Pico-Union, just southeast of Koreatown. His assailants have been identified as gang-enforcement officers Fernando Flores and Alfredo Aguay who were not in uniform during the encounter.

April 27, 2013

A 90-year-old male Korean bike rider is struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Virgil & 6th, just east of Koreatown proper, at around 5:10 am. The victim has been identified as Joo Yoon. The suspect has not been identified.

April 17, 2013

Kallen Mahone is shot dead at approximately 1:15 a.m. in the 800 block of S. Gramercy Drive, near 8th Street. Mahone was approached by a man who pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times. Oriiginally from Kansas, Mahone moved to Koreatown within the last year and resided in an apartment near the location where the shooting occurred. No suspect has been identified.

April 5, 2013 

Mark Thomas Couturier dies after being tasered by LAPD officers on the 400 block of North Vermont Avenue in North Koreatown. His assailants, from Central Division, have not been publicly identified.

March 19, 2013

Cornelius Rich, a 62-year-old black man, was found murdered in the 500 block of Kingsley Drive. Also known as Andre Dupree, he died from blunt-force trauma in his apartment.

August 4, 2012

Vadim Kogan, a 48-year-old white man, dies three days after being beaten in the 4300 block of West 3rd Street by an unidentified male.

May 2012

A bike rider is shot dead on the corner of New Hampshire and San Marino Streets at around 1:30 p.m.

April 2012

Sam Michel, 25, was repeatedly stabbed in the back until he died, after letting his eventual murderer into his apartment at 814 S. Serrano Street 2:00 in the morning.

February 2012

Carjacking suspect Shonchy Thaopraseuth, 22, of San Bernardino, is killed by a barrage of more than 60 police bullets at the gas station on Wilshire & Vermont.

October 2011

Ricardo Lopez, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed in the 700 block of South Berendo Street in the early hours of the morning.

May 28, 2011

Joshua Santos, a 19-year-old Latino, dies being stabbed during a fight in the 100 block of North Mariposa Avenue.

November 2010

An 81-year-old woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street at around 2:30 a.m. at Olympic and Harvard. The victim has been identified as Gae-Sum Park.

July 2010

Murder-suicide involving a 51-year-old Korean man and his landlord.

March 2010

Autistic black man Steven Washington is murdered in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue by the LAPD. He was unarmed and not a gang member.

Steven Washington & LAPD in Koreatown LA


August 2009

Ching Tseng, a 35-year-old Asian man, was shot and robbed in the 3300 block of West 6th Street and died later at the hospital. He had been approached by a man described as a Latino in his mid-20s. at about 6 a.m. The suspect demanded Tseng’s money and vehicle, then shot Tseng and fled to a waiting car with three additional suspects, two males and one female.

June 2009

A customer is shot dead by another customer right outside M2 Karaoke Bar on 6th Street, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Louis Lee, 22, of Rowland Heights, shot and killed Michael Kim at 2:30 a.m. Lee was arrested a few hours later.

January 2010

Bennett Bradley, a director and producer at East Hollywood’s Fountain Theater, is stabbed to death by his lover Jose Fructuoso inside their Koreatown apartment. Fructuoso said he and Bradley had a sexual relationship going back around nine years, to when Fructuoso was 16 years old. The conviction was affirmed by the Court of Appeal in April 2013.

November 2008

Unarmed black man Dontaze Storey, 29 years old, is killed by two LAPD officers on the northwest corner of 3rd & New Hampshire. He was hit by bullets in his leg, chest, and mouth as his pregnant fiancée and neighbors helplessly watched.

October 2008

Homeless man John Robert McGraham is doused with gasoline and burned to death on 3rd & Berendo by Ben Martin, an employee at a nearby barbership.

May 2007

Korean love-triangle ends in a murder suicide at Suhrabal Korean BBQ Restaurant at 100 S. Western Avenue.

February 2003

Mysterious homicide of a female Korean in the 1200 block of Fedora Street. The suspect was arrested and identified as Sung-Yeol Yoon.

Motorcyclist Dead in Collision: Beverly & Kenmore

A motorcycle collided with another vehicle at Beverly & Edgemont (by Kenmore) at around 7:18 pm Wednesday evening.

Motorcycle Accident - Beverly / Kenmore /  Edgemont

Motorcycle Accident – Beverly / Kenmore / Edgemont

The motorcyclist reportedly died on scene. The suspect driving the car was detained, though it seems the collision is being classified as an accident. Traffic on Beverly was still closed as of 2:10 am.

Because this is breaking news, details still need to be confirmed. Updates will be posted here when they become available.

The area where the accident occured is variously known as North Koreatown or East Hollywood.


UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 60-year-old Randell “Randy” Smith, a resident of an apartment on 1st Street.

WCKNC’s Corrupt Building Inspector Sentenced

A former Wilshire Center & Koreatown Neighborhood (WCKNC) board member and Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) city inspector has finally been sentenced after he pleaded guilty last year in a federal bribery case that alleged he took more than $30,000 in bribes in relation to at least a dozen properties in and around Koreatown.

Samuel In, Corrupt WCKNC Member

Samuel In, 66, of Glendale, a 37-year veteran of LADBS, agreed last year to plead guilty to one count of soliciting and receiving monetary payments that he described to victims as “fees.” He was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in federal prison. He has also been ordered to pay the city $30,000.

“Corruption by any official corrodes public confidence in governmental institutions,” said United States Attorney André Birotte, Jr. “In this case, a government employee directly threatened the safety of the public by exploiting his position to line his own pockets. The victims were all the more vulnerable because they had limited abilities in English and depended on Mr. In to help them navigate through the inspection processes.”

In one example described in court documents, a victim identified as T.C., who wanted to open a retail store in Los Angeles in 2008, paid $5,000 to In. To open the store, the victim needed to convert office space in a process that required a building permit. The victim had limited English language ability and had a difficult time completing the LADBS paperwork. During one of the victim’s visits to LADBS offices, In assisted the victim in the Korean language, informing him that he was a senior inspector at LADBS, and advising the victim about construction plans.

The victim followed In’s advice and received a building permit from LADBS. Following the issuance of the permit, In went to the victim’s business and said he would take care of the inspections and other procedures through the final inspection of the retail store, if the victim paid In $4,000 in “fees.” In later increased the amount of his “fees” to $5,000, asked that any payments by check be made with the payee line left blank, and advised that checks made payable to LADBS would not be useful. The victim ultimately made several cash payments totaling $5,000.

As part of his plea agreement, In admitted that he solicited and accepted bribery payments totaling more than $30,000 in connection with his official duties in relation to at least 11 other Koreatown properties.

“Mr. In took advantage of Koreatown residents by taking their money under false pretenses but also by deluding victims into a false understanding of how city business is conducted,” said Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI in Los Angeles. “The defendant’s decision to plead guilty is another step forward in restoring honest government to the city of Los Angeles.”

The FBI began an undercover investigation of LADBS inspectors in the summer of 2010 after an informant reported that LADBS inspectors took cash bribes in exchange for necessary permit approvals on residential construction projects. Two former inspectors pleaded guilty to accepting bribe payments and were sentenced to federal prison.

The case against In is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Atty. Maggie Carter revealed that even with this sentence, In will continue to receive a substantial pension from the city.

The FBI urges anyone with information about building inspectors or other officials accepting bribes to contact the FBI by calling its Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565 or by sending an e-mail to the dedicated anti-corruption address: REPORTBRIBES@ic.fbi.gov.


Samuel In was an “upstanding” member of the WCKNC (Wilshire Center – Koreatown Neighborhood Council), the body which makes recommendations on Land Use and other zoning matters, from as early as 2005 until 2012.

Corruption allegations have also rocked the city’s Housing Department in recent years where a Korean-speaking clerk was convicted of bribery and accused of taking money from immigrants dealing with code-enforcement issues.