An LAPD officer who prosecutors say was caught on tape viciously beating and kicking a suspect pleaded guilty Monday to a felony assault charge.
Officer Richard Garcia, 34, was charged earlier
Alford was initially apprehended by two other LAPD officers
Security video from a nearby building allegedly shows Alford lying down the ground with his hands behind his back after the officers caught up with him. Then, prosecutors say, Officer Garcia can be seen getting out of his patrol car and kicking, elbowing and stomping on Alford
Police officials who saw the footage — which has not been released to the public — told the LA Times that the video was â€œhorrificâ€ and Alfordâ€™s demeanor was like a â€œfootball player kicking a field goal.â€
The end of the footage shows Alfordâ€™s unmoving body carried away to a car by several officers. Alford maintains that the beating rendered him unconscious.
“I was just praying to God that they wouldn’t kill me,â€ Alford said at a news conference on Monday. â€œI felt that I was going to die.” Alford also recalled being “Tased in my back until I flopped like a dead fish.”
Alford added he would like to see Garcia — who has been on paid administrative while the LAPD investigated the incident — fired. His attorney wants the security footage released to the public.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement
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