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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.

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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