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 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 leg.
This is what she looked like two hours before she met the LAPD.
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 is currently a graduate student at 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.
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.
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.
A civil lawsuit is filed by Ms. Nguyen’s lawyers at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
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.
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.