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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.


LATEST UPDATE

August 5, 2015

The L.A. City Council discusses the Kim Nguyen case in closed session, referring to it in public records as a “traffic accident that occurred on March 17, 2013.”


 

UPCOMING COURT DATES IN THE CIVIL CASE

** Continued to November 1, 2016.

07/07/2016 at 08:30 am in department 92 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Scheduled Jury Trial

05/17/2016 at 08:30 am in department 92 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jury Trial – rescheduled

05/20/2016 at 01:30 pm in department 92 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Motion for Bifurcation


There have been no reports of either David E. Shin (신은총) or Jinseok Oh (오진석) being taken off the field since 2013. Locals have spotted them on regular duty, patrolling the streets of Koreatown and Pico-Union, pulling over women for alleged violations of the law.

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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

RINCONCITO GUATEMALTECO RESTAURANT 07/27/2015 501 N WESTERN BLVD LOS ANGELES 90004 RESTAURANT (31-60) SEATS HIGH RISK

WESTERN DOMA NOODLES 07/02/2015 07/04/2015 429 N WESTERN AVE STE 10 LOS ANGELES 90004 RESTAURANT (31-60) SEATS HIGH RISK

L’ARTISAN DU CHOCOLATE 06/25/2015 06/30/2015 3364
W 1ST ST LOS ANGELES 90004 RESTAURANT (0-30) SEATS LOW RISK

KAJU UDON 06/11/2015 06/13/2015 4317 W BEVERLY BLVD LOS ANGELES 90004 RESTAURANT (0-30) SEATS HIGH RISK

BEVERLY DISCOUNT 99C DEPOT 06/09/2015 06/11/2015 4129 BEVERLY BLVD LOS ANGELES 90004 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) LOW RISK

JOPOK TOPOKKI 05/27/2015 3407 W 6TH ST # 110 LOS ANGELES 90020 RESTAURANT (0-30) SEATS HIGH RISK

Restaurant 06/23/2015 4253 W 3RD ST LOS ANGELES 90020 RESTAURANT (0-30) SEATS HIGH RISK

RAIN 07/22/2015 07/23/2015 685 S HOOVER ST LOS ANGELES 90005 RESTAURANT (61-150) SEATS HIGH RISK

VERMONT SHELL AUTO CENTER 06/17/2015 06/19/2015 700 S VERMONT AVE LOS ANGELES 90005 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) LOW RISK

PHO 21 06/09/2015 06/13/2015 705 S WESTERN AVE LOS ANGELES 90005 RESTAURANT (31-60) SEATS HIGH RISK

CHUNG’S APPLIANCE 06/05/2015 06/08/2015 2946 W 7TH ST LOS ANGELES 90005 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) LOW RISK

99 CENT STORE LA VOZ DE DIOS 05/05/2015 05/11/2015 2808 JAMES M WOOD BLVD LOS ANGELES 90006 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) LOW RISK

TWINS PRODUCE 06/01/2015 06/03/2015 2800 W OLYMPIC BLVD STE A LOS ANGELES 90006 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) MODERATE RISK

K-TOWN RESTAURANT 06/05/2015 06/06/2015 1925 W OLYMPIC BLVD LOS ANGELES 90006 RESTAURANT (151 + ) SEATS HIGH RISK

KIM BANG AH 06/09/2015 06/12/2015 3031 W OLYMPIC BLVD LOS ANGELES 90006 FOOD MKT RETAIL (2,000+ SF) MODERATE RISK

J & P MARKET 06/10/2015 06/12/2015 980 S WESTERN AVE LOS ANGELES 90006 FOOD MKT RETAIL (25-1,999 SF) LOW RISK

COLON CITY RESTAURANT Y PUP 06/15/2015 1930 W OLYMPIC BLVD LOS ANGELES 90006 RESTAURANT (0-30) SEATS HIGH RISK

GUI IL BUNJI 07/28/2015 3055 W 7TH ST STE C LOS ANGELES 90006 RESTAURANT (61-150) SEATS HIGH RISK

Details to be added soon.