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Demoted LAPD Captain Assigned to Northeast Division

Capt. Joseph Hiltner is complaining about his transfer from the Foothill Division following a recent scandal there.

A Los Angeles Police Department captain who was removed as commander of the Foothill Division for allegedly failing to act against officers accused of using excessive force during a videotaped arrest has been demoted and assigned to the LAPD's Northeast Division.

Capt. Joseph Hiltner filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Tuesday, NBC4 reported on its website.

"I have been demoted two substantial levels and transferred against my will without cause,'' according to Hiltner's complaint, a copy of which was obtained by the station. "I have and will continue to lose substantial financial damages and extensive damage to my standing and reputation in my workplace.''

Hiltner was removed from his command last week, with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck saying Hiltner was "severely deficient in his response'' to an arrest captured on surveillance video that appeared to show a handcuffed woman being thrown to the ground.

Hiltner is now working as the patrol commanding officer at the Northeast Division, which is below a division commander, according to the LA Daily News.

Michelle Jordan, a 34-year-old registered nurse from Sunland, was stopped in a Del Taco parking lot near Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Avenue in Tujunga around 11:15 a.m. Aug. 21 for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.

Police said Jordan got out of her car and was taken to the ground and handcuffed. After she was handcuffed, she was taken to the ground a second time. The video shows one of the officers landing on top of her during the second takedown.

Jordan was arrested and booked on suspicion of interfering and resisting arrest, and then released on her own recognizance, police said.

The officers involved, one with 22 years of service and the other a probationary officer with 10 months on the job, were reassigned to non-field duties pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

But Beck took more severe steps against Hiltner, removing him from command of the station and initiating the process of demoting him.

"Proper steps were not taken, including appropriate notifications and the removal of the involved officers from the field,'' Beck said.

Hiltner's attorney told Channel 4 the demotion was in response to his involvement in an earlier, unrelated harassment case against another LAPD
captain who was eventually exonerated.

His assignment to Northeast comes at a time when the Division is facing abuse claims of its own. Brian Mulligan, a media executive for Deutsche Bank, has filed an abuse claim against LAPD, alleging that Northeast Division officers brutally beat him without cause during an arrest in Eagle Rock in May.

The LAPD disputes Mulligan's story.

James September 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hiltner was at the rank of Captain 3. It sounds link he's being demoted to captain 1. As a Captain 3, he was the commanding officer of Foothill Division. "Commander" is a rank above Captain 3, so the Daily News shouldn't have used that term to describe him. It sounds like they confused "Commander" with "Commanding Officer."
Rob Schraff September 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Why is an officer who was found to be ignoring "excessive violence," or good old police brutality, assigned to supervise all patrols in Northeast LA? I would think that's the last place he should be assigned. Even worse, he'll still seems to be angrily justifying his past incompetence at monitoring the officers who served under him. Does the Northeast Division have a reputation as an LAPD dumping ground for bad officers?
Duff Strong September 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Keep those cameras out people. These cops are nothing more than gangsters with uniforms on. Just look up 'police brutality' on YouTube. What they could get away with before is no longer. The people are now armed with cameras and the internet. Win!
REBECCA September 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Minority areas are dumping grounds for bad officers and bad teachers....when is that area gonna catch a break? Is their councilman going to bat for them? The mayor?
Duff Strong September 07, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Google short link for YouTube search of 'lapd police brutality'. I've made it easy for everyone. http://goo.gl/vTgq8 Remember, this is only LAPD. There's a ton more when just searching 'police brutality'. They've taken cameras. They've desecrated the US Flag. They've ended many, many unarmed people's lives with their 'categorical' use of force. They've oppressed just about every demo in Los Angeles. Stand up for yourselves people. The LAPD is not infallible.
Mr. jepg September 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Rebecca - foothill is no bed of roses.
Deborah Lashever September 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
And in Venice recently, a young man who was merely skateboarding on the street got his cheekbone and nose broken with three cops sitting ontop of him, while he lay on his stomach, handcuffed, with the fourth cop punching him in the face. All on video. When asked at the Venice Neighborhood Council meeting a week later, Commanding Officer Johnson said he has absolutely no idea about how the officers involved are being dealt with--whether they are still on the job, have been disciplined, transferred, etc...oh, and he doesn't even know the identity of the violent officers involved, but only knows that they were part of the Violence Task Force that comes from other divisions to "help out" Pacific Division cops on the weekends. Obviously a very flawed system all around. LAPD needs to be trained better and the culture of violence put an end to! We need to redefine "protect and serve." LAPD is out of control. Again. Still. Some more. LAPD, protecting and serving the f*uck out of us!
Juan September 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Officers risk their lives everyday and you are clueless. CHP Youngstrom was shot to death on a traffic stop this week. http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_21493589/chp-officer-slaying-highlights-routine-risk-facing-road A 24 yr robbery convict who escaped from jail shot a Deputy in El Monte last Saturday, a Officer in Riverside was stabbed trying to subdue a mental woman last Sunday. Remember LAPD Officer Jenkins was helping serve a warrant and was shot in the face by a suspect? There was another video beating of an Officer a couple years ago. Low and behold the public didn’t see the entire version just the edited copy the suspect wanted out there. The ENTIRE version showed the suspect trying to grapple the Officer’s gun. Before I decide like some of you have I want to hear exactly what this woman was saying with audio. Traffic stops are some of the most dangerous and if you’ve been in a car accident because someone was talking on their phone you wouldn’t be complaining like I have. Intelligent people in our City support their officers. They know there are hundreds of good Officers who risk their lives and a handful of bad cops who embarrass the dept. The good cops want those guys GONE if found guilty.
Duff Strong September 08, 2012 at 04:38 PM
If you have a bad experience at Best Buy, you're not going back there again. You're not going to go back and say, "Ah well, it was just one guy." No, you blame the store management for not running the store better. So, why is this different? You want me to look past the very, very common mistreatment of people just because some of the guys are no good? No, it's up to the department to never allow such things. And until they start treating citizens like the adult humans they are, I have no respect for the uniform gang. As far as them 'putting their lives on the line', that has nothing to do with it. They willfully chose to do this kind of work and they get paid for it. It's like a 'celebrity' complaining that they can't go out in public because they're always crowded. You knew the implications of this job. Handle it. So, there's no sympathy coming from my end. If they were volunteers, then okay. But they make a good living and, in turn, get away with a bunch of crap. I'm tired of paying for some people hired to carry guns when the people are the ones that should be armed, if anyone. I don't want or need protection from this gang. I have lots of neighbors that I know who would call me if they saw someone breaking into my home. I know how to defend myself in case I get mugged. I don't need to be babysat.
Deborah Lashever September 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Duff, I know cops that would NEVER brutalize anyone. I honor them and the way they do their very difficult jobs! Then there are those creeps who will abuse their power until they are stopped, and they are the ones we are talking about here. The 10% or less who are the jerks need to be dealt with and stopped so the cops you are talking about will be more safe when they do their jobs. Think about it, if you were stopped by cops and knew you were to be dealt with fairly you would have much less inclination to shoot the cops that stopped you than if you had a history, for example, of being targeted and beaten and abused by cops all your life. Not at all saying the shooting was justified in any way but it is a cycle and the cops have a responsibility to be the ones to stop the cycle. They are supposed to be the professionals, after all, and get paid by me and you to protect and to serve us, NOT to tartget and beat us. The training and the consequences need to be looked at NOW as they are getting more and more abusive all the time.
Deborah Lashever September 08, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Duff, How about that guy in Fullerton. Did you see that one? Here it is for you: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/kelly-thomas-beating-video_n_1499771.html It is a survellience video of cops beating a homeless and HELPLESS man to death as the poor man cries out for his dad (who was not there) to save him. His dad watched this video, by the way. As you watch this just pretend it is your kid crying out for you as the cops murder him in cold blood. It is horrifying in it's obvious intentional cruelty. The man did nothing wrong. Nothing. Watch for yourself if you can stand it. There is no excuse for this horror. None. Ever. THIS MUST BE STOPPED!
Deborah Lashever September 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Those two last posts were to Juan. Sorry, Duff!
Duff Strong September 08, 2012 at 11:03 PM
It's cool. But I do remember Fullerton. It's just one of few horrible stories. Reminds me of when Oakland PD threw a stun grenade into a crowd helping a down veteran. http://youtu.be/OZLyUK0t0vQ
Gee January 08, 2013 at 08:04 AM
I feel really bad for those of you who have a lack of faith in the over all goodness within the men and women I serve with in the department. There are some genuinely good people who serve you going unrecognized for helping the homeless, saving children from abuse, helping people who are intimidated by family/spouses, and taking countless guns off the street by the minute. You have no idea because you YouTube some incidents and believe these incidents are the majority...in fact they are the low majority. You choose to come to judgement so quickly because you believe you understand the facts of every incident. The celebratory fist pump is the passing of the car keys, an the woman being stopped had contact with the officer before and decided to step out of a vehicle and approach an officer. I'm not justifying the actions and I'm also not going to Monday Night Quarterback until I know the facts and understand the questions. I really do wish there were in censored cameras at our stations and in our vehicles and that we too could be uncensored so that you could see the real world that is out there...

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