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Kim Nguyen Latest Victim of LAPD’s Olympic Division

LAPD victim Kim Nguyen

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 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 Avenue and Serrano Avenue. 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 video footage turned up 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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Health Department Closures: Koreatown Area 2015

This is a partial list that is currently being updated.


OLOCUILTA RESTAURANT
01/06/2015 to 01/09/2015


Q
01/14/2015 to 01/16/2015


7-ELEVEN #25848-C
01/27/2015 to 01/29/2015


BOBA BEAR
01/27/2015 to 01/29/2015


WESTERN POLLO A LA BRASA
02/17/2015 to 02/18/2015


1017 S ELDEN AVE APTS SWIMMING POOL
– located three blocks east of Koreatown’s formal borders at Vermont
– closed on 03/04/2015

CALIFORNIA MARKET GIMBAP & UDON 03/17/2015 03/23/2015

JANCHIJIP, INC. 02/06/2015 02/07/2015

JONG GA JIP 01/29/2015 02/03/2015

OPERA HOUSE BAKERY 03/05/2015 03/09/2015

STAR BBQ 01/28/2015 02/03/2015

SUZI CAFE 02/13/2015 02/26/2015

THAI OCEAN RESTAURANT 01/08/2015 01/12/2015

EL LECHERO MARKET 01/21/2015 01/23/2015

MINI MARKET (106 S Vermont) 02/10/2015 02/19/2015

TAQUERIA EL JALAPENO 01/13/2015 01/13/2015

AWOOLIM 04/20/2015

Details to be added soon.

Owner & Managers of Koreatown-Area Schools Arrested

Attention: international students enrolled at Prodee University/Neo-America Language School and its affiliated schools

According to Immigration & Customs Enforcement authorities, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has terminated all Principal Designated School Officials and Designated School Officials (P/DSOs) SEVIS access at the following schools:

On March 11, 2015, the owner and two managers associated with the schools named above — three of which are in the Koreatown area — were arrested on charges related to visa fraud and money laundering.

While the above school’s administrative offices will remain open, all P/DSO access to SEVIS will be terminated; they will not and should not have access to SEVIS after March 11, 2015. Students may continue to attend classes as normal or transfer schools, if they wish. Non-immigrant students must maintain their non-immigrant student status.

Non-immigrant students who have questions or need to make changes to their records should call the SEVP Response Center (SRC) at 703-603-3400 or email sevp@ice.dhs.gov. This number is staffed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Students who call the SEVP Response Center should be prepared to provide the following information to the SEVP staff:

First and last name
SEVIS ID number
Address
Telephone number where you can be reached
E-mail address
Dates of attendance at the school
Educational level and major of study at the school
Name of employer and place of employment (if applicable)

 

Settlement of Class-Action Suit Vs. BCD Tofu House

UPDATE: The settlement was finally approved on February 10, 2015.

On March 20, 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed by workers on behalf of all hourly employees (servers, cooks, busboys, etc.) against the owners and operators of the eight BCD Tofu House restaurants operated in California.

On January 15, 2015, the Court issued preliminary approval of a three million dollar ($3,000,000) settlement with the owners of the BCD Tofu House restaurants to settle the claims asserted in the class action.


Collectively, the lawsuit sought unpaid minimum wages, overtime wages, and other damages on behalf of the approximately 1,500 hourly employees who worked at one or more of the BCD Tofu House restaurants owned and operated in California and who experienced one or more alleged violations of California labor law, including:

(1) BCD Tofu House’s failure to pay minimum wages for all hours worked as a result of one or more of the following unlawful practices: (a) deducting money from employee’s wages supposedly for taxes but, instead, keeping the money for themselves and/or having the money that they deducted applied to their own tax obligations instead of the employee’s; (b) “rounding down” the amount of time the employee actually worked in a pay period; and/or (c) requiring employees to clock out at the end of their shift but continue to work for approximately thirty minutes to further clean and stock their stations, prepare for the next shift, as well as pool tips for redistribution, etc.;

(2) BCD Tofu House’s failure to pay all earned overtime wages;

(3) BCD Tofu House’s failure to pay employees one additional hour of minimum wage when the employee is required to work a split shift which is where the employee works more than one shift on a given day and the shifts are separated by more than one hour;

(4) BCD Tofu House’s failure to provide half-hour, uninterrupted, meal breaks during shifts in excess of 5 hours;

(5) BCD Tofu House’s failure to permit paid ten minute, uninterrupted breaks during shifts of 3.5 hours or more;

(6) BCD Tofu House’s failure to pay one hour of premium pay for each work day that an earned rest period is not permitted and/or a meal period is not provided;

(7) BCD Tofu House’s failure to pay the hourly employees all of their earned minimum wages, split shift wages, overtime wages, and premium pay at the time they are discharged or quit;

(8) BCD Tofu House’s failure to provide wage statements which accurately show all hours worked and all lawful deductions;

(9) BCD Tofu House engaging in Unlawful Business Practices; and

(10) Pursuing penalties on behalf of the employees under the Private Attorney General Act against BCD Tofu House.
The lawsuit sought unpaid wages and other damages on behalf of the non-exempt hourly employees who worked at any of the 8 BCD Tofu House restaurants operated in California at any time during the period of March 20, 2009 to December 31, 2014, who experienced one or more of the alleged violations of California labor law listed above.

The lawsuit sought unpaid wages and other damages on behalf of the non-exempt hourly employees who worked at any of the 8 BCD Tofu House restaurants operated in California at any time during the period of March 20, 2009 to December 31, 2014, who experienced one or more of the alleged violations of California labor law listed above.

California law provides that employees who are not permitted to take the meal and rest periods allowed under Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order No. 5 must be paid one additional hour of pay for each day that the rest periods are not permitted, and one additional hour of pay for each day that the thirty minute meal periods are not provided. Further, California law provides that employees are entitled to overtime for shifts worked in excess of 8 hours in a given day OR over 40 hours in a given week. California law require an employer to provide, at no expense to the employee, all equipment and materials required for the performance of their job, including but not limited to, name tags, badges, flashlights, shirts and jackets. Further, an employer is required to pay an employee all of their earned wages on the day they are discharged or within 72 hours, if the employee quits. Lastly, an employer is required to provide its employees wage statements which accurately record all earned hours and the monetary rates applicable to each hour worked.

For details, visit http://bcdtofuhouselawsuit.com/english.html.