East Los Angeles Community Demands Justice Following Violent Arrest of Amputee

In East Los Angeles, the community is calling for justice following the violent arrest of an amputee, 34-year-old Alejandro Hernandez, which was captured on camera. The incident involving Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies occurred on November 20 and has raised significant concerns about law enforcement conduct.

According to Hernandez’s family, the confrontation began when deputies approached him while he was washing his truck. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated that they recognized Hernandez, who they identified as an active gang member, near the 3500 block of Floral Drive. The deputies claimed Hernandez seemed to be concealing something in his waistband, which they later discovered was a loaded 9 mm handgun.

The video of the arrest shows two deputies restraining Hernandez on the ground, with one holding him in a chokehold while the other repeatedly punches him in the face. The deputies are heard ordering Hernandez to surrender his hands, even as he appears to have his arms outstretched with open palms. Family members can be heard in the video pleading with the deputies to stop the assault.

Hernandez was subsequently arrested on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and battery on a police officer. His attorney, Christian Contreras, criticized the arrest as a violation of Hernandez’s civil rights and an excessive use of force. Contreras also raised concerns about the potential motive behind the charges, suggesting that they might be an attempt to cover up the deputies’ actions.

The incident has reignited accusations of deputy gangs within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, particularly those stationed in East Los Angeles. Aracely Covarrubias, a local resident, referenced the notorious deputy gang known as The Banditos, highlighting a history of alleged misconduct by the department.

In response to the growing tension, community members and protesters gathered outside the East L.A. Sheriff’s Station, demanding an end to police brutality and excessive force. The recent incident has brought back into focus a 2019 lawsuit filed by eight deputies against the sheriff’s station, alleging harassment by The Banditos.

The Sheriff’s Department has not addressed the specific allegations of harassment in Hernandez’s case but confirmed they are investigating the use of force during the arrest. As the investigation proceeds, the community remains adamant about the need for change and accountability in law enforcement practices.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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