A man who sued the LAPD alleging that he’d been held down and beaten by police last fall made new accusations on Tuesday, saying officers have been harassing him and his family in retaliation.
Flanked by his father and his attorney, Clinton Alford Jr. told reporters that officers have repeatedly driven past his South L.A. house. And helicopters have flown so close overhead that walls and windows shook.
The 22-year-old’s attorney, Caree Harper, said officers had “heckled” Alford and his family while driving past their home. Last week, she said, officers drew their guns on her client after stopping him for a traffic violation.
Harper said she planned to amend a federal civil rights lawsuit she filed on Alford’s behalf to include the allegations of retaliation by police.
“They want to catch him doing anything,” she said. “Even if he’s not doing anything.”
Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, declined to discuss the Oct. 16 incident, citing an ongoing internal investigation and civil litigation.
“There’s already an internal affairs investigation into this matter,” he said. “If they have any other allegations of misconduct, we’re eager to hear them and have internal affairs investigate them fully.”
In an earlier interview with The Times, Alford said he was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Avalon Boulevard near 55th Street that October afternoon when a car pulled up. A man shouted a command to stop, but Alford said he continued pedaling because the man hadn’t identified himself as a police officer.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Kate Mather