Nurse Roughed Up in Traffic Stop Sues LAPD Officers

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) –A woman who claims she was roughed up by two LAPD officers in an incident caught on surveillance video has filed a lawsuit against those officers.

michelle-jordanMichelle Jordan, a mother and registered nurse from Sunland, California filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Jordan was pulled over last Aug. 21 at a Del Taco restaurant because officers saw her talking on a cellphone while driving.

Police said Jordan got out of her car and was taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Officials told the Los Angeles Times that Jordan defied the officers’ orders to remain in her car and began challenging them.

Surveillance video then shows officers slammed Jordan to the ground a second time while she was standing near the patrol car in handcuffs.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released a statement in August on the disturbing video and the pending investigation of the two police officers.

“My initial review of the officers’ statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force,” Beck said.

“We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions.”

The lawsuit alleges excessive force, assault and battery, false imprisonment and negligent hiring, training and retention.

Jordan names the two officers, Christopher Hajduk and Christopher Carr, and Capt. Joseph Hiltner, who at the time was commander of the Foothill Division, as defendants.

The suit states that officer Hajduk was present during the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King in 1991.

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