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LAPD report says some resisting arrest cases improper

August 29, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general’s office says officers acted inappropriately in one-third of the cases it examined involving people who were held for resisting arrest.

A report to the Police Commission on Tuesday looked at 123 incidents from 2016 and 2017.

It said LAPD officers acted appropriately in two-thirds of those cases.

But in others, the report found problems such as unnecessary use of Tasers and a lack of legal cause for stopping a person.

In one case, a homeless man was tased after he refused to take down a tent.

The report also found that officers sometimes escalated confrontations by using disrespectful or foul language.

The report recommended a number of procedural changes. Police Chief Michel Moore said he welcomes the report and its findings.