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