A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged in connection with a videotaped incident in which a man alleged he was beaten and kicked while being held down by other officers in South L.A., authorities said Monday. Officer Richard Garcia was charged with one count of assault under the color of authority in connection with the Oct. 16, 2014, arrest of Clinton Alford Jr., said Deputy Dist. Atty. Oscar Plascencia.
Several police officials who saw footage of the alleged assault captured by a private security camera previously told The Times that an officer kicked the man’s head, with one source saying the move resembled “a football player kicking a field goal.” Another source who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the probe was ongoing said that an analysis of the video showed that Alford’s shoulder was kicked during the incident, not his head.