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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 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 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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Assi Market Closes After 17 Years

It’s final. After court hearings since October of last year, a judge finally decided Wednesday to allow the eviction of the Korean supermarket ASSI from its building on 8th Street due to non-payment of rent. A writ of possession has been forwarded to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, and the sheriff is expected to serve a five-day Notice to Vacate within three business days after receipt of the writ.

The court’s decision was a foregone conclusion, and the legal maneuver was considered an attempt by ASSI to delay the inevitable. Its $150,000 monthly rents were long overdue, and utility fees and other bills had gone unpaid to the point where creditors had taken legal action to force ASSI to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Today, estimates are that ASSI owes a total of 10 million U.S. dollars.

Established in L.A.’s Koreatown in 1998, ASSI had been the focus of several of the neighborhood’s most notorious labor disputes, with allegations levied not only by Latino workers, but by Koreans as well. In 2007, after four years of litigation, heated community protests, and on-and-off-again settlement talks, Assi Super owner Sung-chul “Daniel” Rhee and his former employees agreed to settle the workers’ class action lawsuit pertaining to unpaid overtime wages and racial discrimination for $1.5 million.

ASSI was also known to be the subject of almost annual orders by L.A. County’s health department to temporarily close due to vermin harborage and infestations. The most high-profile closure, in September 2013, has been considered by many as the nail in ASSI’s coffin of financial woes, with news of the hygiene issues keeping customers away during that year’s holiday season. Rodents were also discovered at the supermarket by the health department as recently as September 2014.

This post will be updated as more details become available.


Assi Super Inc – Chapter 7
California Central Bankruptcy Court
Judge Ernest M Robles
Case # 2:14-bk-31356
Filed Nov 14, 2014

Petitioning Creditor: Marshall Broadway
106 1/2 Judge John Aliso, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Friday, December 05, 2014
Notice Of Hearing Taken Off Calendar Filed by Creditor The Lee Family Trust The Pak Trust. (Capeloto, J)
Related: Notice of motion/application and Motion For Relief From The Automatic Stay Or For Order Confirming That The Automatic Stay Does Not Apply Under 11 U.S.C. § 362(I) (with supporting declarations) (UNLAWFUL DETAINER) Filed by Creditor The Lee Family Trust The Pak Trust. (Capeloto, J) CORRECTION: Attorney to refile using correct docket event code ‘Relief – Unlawful Detainer (motion)'; Modified on 11/25/2014.

LAPD’s Daniel Chun Guilty of Beating Teen

LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF BATTERY FOR REPEATEDLY HITTING TEEN RELATIVE, CAUSING BRUISING AND WELTS

A Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer was convicted in Fullerton today of battery for repeatedly striking a teen relative, leaving welts and bruises.

LAPD's Daniel M Chun

LAPD’s Daniel M Chun

Daniel Chun, 40, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of battery. He faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine at his sentencing March 5, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

Chun was a police officer with LAPD who had been assigned to Olympic Division covering Koreatown. He was often spotted by locals on the northeast corner of Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 13, 2014, Chun confronted a young teen male relative about poor grades and other behavior issues. The defendant repeatedly hit the victim with a variety of household items on his shoulders, back, and buttocks, leaving welts and bruises on the boy’s body.

A school counselor noticed the child’s injuries and reported it to the Fullerton Police Department (FPD), who arrested the defendant. FPD investigated the case.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Duke of the Family Protection Unit is the prosecutor. The case number is #14NF1316.

Reckless LAPD Officers in Dorner-Related Panic Shooting Identified

More than a year and half after the high-profile reckless shooting of two women in Torrance, the Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in that incident have finally been identified.

  • Sergeant I John Valdez
  • Police Officer III Jeff Faber
  • Police Officer II Jonathan Roman
  • Police Officer II Sergio Gramajo
  • Police Officer II John Hart
  • Police Officer II Marlon Franco
  • Police Officer II Geoff Lear
  • Police Officer II Deshon Parker

During the course of a manhunt for LAPD’s own Christopher Dorner on February 7, 2013, officers on a protection detail of an unnamed LAPD official’s residence in the 19500 block of Redbeam Street in the L.A. County city of Torrance opened fire on the back of a Toyota Tacoma truck, hitting its two female occupants, a mother and her daughter who were delivering newspapers.

The light blue vehicle had been spotted exiting a freeway and heading to the area of the residence that officers were protecting and was thought by police to match the description of Dorner’s 2005 gray Nissan Titan.

The two victims of LAPD’s shooting were later identified as 47-year-old Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother Emma Hernandez. Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza received wounds to her hand. Their attorney claimed police “had no idea who was in that vehicle” when they opened fire and that nothing about his clients or their vehicle matched the descriptions given of Dorner or his truck. The two women were given no warning prior to being fired upon.

A neighbor said the truck was used everyday to deliver newspapers, and the women who used it kept their headlights off so as to not wake people up. According to their attorney, 102 bullets holes were found in the truck. The two women fortunately survived LAPD’s attack.

To this date, no criminal charges have been filed against the LAPD officers for the reckless shooting. In fact, they remain on the force, receiving full salaries from taxpayers.