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.
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.
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.