Lawsuit filed against LAPD’s David Shin and Jin-seok Oh

A civil lawsuit has been filed by 28-year-old Kim Nguyen against the LAPD and two of its officers over an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of March 17, 2013.

On that date, after a night out in Koreatown, Nguyen and two male companions were waiting in a restaurant parking-lot for a sober friend to pick them up. Two LAPD officers drove by in a marked patrol car, stopped, and approached Nguyen.

Kim Nguyen: LAPD Brutality Victim

After briefly questioning Nguyen and her two friends, the officers left, but circled back, as Nguyen was running across the street toward a late-night cafe.

She was arrested for public intoxication, with her friends not being told where she was to be taken. They were informed that they would need to call the police department to locate her.

As their vehicle traveled east along Olympic Boulevard, a surveillance camera on a nearby building recorded video showing the vehicle approaching the intersection at Grand Avenue at 3:08 a.m.

Kim Nguyen: LAPD Victim 2013

Seconds later, the surveillance camera pans a few feet and shows Nguyen lying in the street with the top of her dress down around her waist and her face in the advanced stages of swelling.

Nguyen said she does not remember falling out of the patrol car, but said that she could not have attempted to open the door because according to the police she was handcuffed.

Her jaw was shattered and three different surgeries had to be performed on it. She suffered bleeding on her brain. She also lost several teeth.

The arresting officers are David E. Shin and Jin S. Oh of LAPD’s Olympic division.

People who have seen the surveillance footage and are familiar with the modus operandi of local police officers are speculating that Miss Nguyen was a victim of sexual assault, although she has yet to issue a statement on the matter. (Update: In a deposition given in December 2013, she confirmed an assault.)

Miss Nguyen has a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and an MBA graudate degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Updates posted here:

Three Korean Graduates of the LAPD

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Graduation Ceremony Representing the first class of LAPD’s 140th Anniversary Year.

Ceremony: Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Los Angeles Police Academy Athletic Field
1880 North Academy Drive
Elysian Park, Calif. 90012

Chief of Police William J. Bratton
Representatives from the LAPD Board of Commissioners and Mayor’s Office
LAPD Command Staff and their Special Guests

Graduating officers completed 912 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks. Total graduates in the class number 53, with 44 males and 9 females. The ethnic breakdown of the class is as follows: 10 Caucasians, 31 Hispanics, 4 African Americans, 1 Chinese, 3 Koreans, 2 Japanese, 1 Filipino and 1 Armenian. Two of the graduates are Los Angeles World Airport police officers.

Jina Rhim (임지나), female and 23 years old, is a second-generation Korean American who graduated from Walnut High School and majored in criminology at UC Irvine.

Jinseok Oh (오진석), male and 26 years old, moved to the United States with his family at the age of 13. He is considered of the 1.5 generation, meaning he is aware of Korean men’s notorious way of treating Vietnamese women. He is a graduate of La Mirada High School and majored in criminology in Cal State Long Beach. He starts working from Central Division in downtown L.A. on February 2nd.

Michael Park (박종화), 28 years old, is the son of 박형규(48), a police officer in South Korea. He graduated from Cal State – Dominguez Hills with a degree in health science. He starts training at Southwest Division on February 1st.