EXPOSITION PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — The LAPD launched internal investigations Monday into complaints of racial profiling and excessive use of force following a party near the campus of USC over the weekend.
Students at USC claim that the incident, which happened near West 23rd and Hoover Streets, was a case of racial discrimination.
They told the Daily Trojan that police were lined up to break up a house party around 2 a.m. on Saturday.
Video taken by witnesses, which was posted to YouTube, shows a large number of officers responding.
Several partygoers were handcuffed and taken into custody.
Police told the Daily Trojan that they responded to a noise complaint, but some people started to throw things at them.
However, the partygoers, many of them students, say they were peaceful.
Some claim that they were racially profiled because the party was largely attended by African-Americans and Latinos.
They claim that parties attended by minority students tend to be targeted more than others.
According to media reports, another loud party was happening across the street, but it was left alone. That party was mainly attended by white students.
Students at USC were planning a sit-in Monday to protest the LAPD’s response.