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

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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: https://koreatownlanews.com/kim-nguyen-latest-victim-of-lapd-olympic-division/