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.
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
Jinseok Oh (오진석) was twenty-six years old when he graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department academy in January 2009.
He moved to the United States with his family at the age of 13 and is considered to be of the 1.5 generation, a group that bears the influence of Korean men known for their abuse of Vietnamese women. He is a graduate of La Mirada High School and majored in criminology in Cal State Long Beach.
He started working at Central Division in downtown L.A. in February 2009 and had been transferred to Olympic Division by 2013.
“Jin” Oh was named one of the defendants in the Kim Nguyen case in 2013. He is close friends with the other defendant, David E. Shin.
The Kim Nguyen incident happened on March 17, 2013. Jinseok Oh proposed to his Korean Air girlfriend Jisun Lee on March 23 in the presence of his partner David Shin.
It’s been conjectured that Jin S. Oh was the officer who was driving as David Shin was allegedly with the handcuffed Nguyen in the back of the patrol car.
The video of what happened to Kim Nguyen was released to the public in September 2013. Jisun Lee proceeded with her wedding to Jinseok Oh in October 2013.
As of January 2015, Kim Nguyen has not received any explanation or apology for what happened to her or any compensation for the medical costs of the life-altering injuries from her traumatic experience while in LAPD custody.