The police in southern California are seemingly on a rampage, and as they commit new acts of brutality, evidence from the past keeps popping up about their previous acts.
This incident is coming right after a gruesome video from last year of the Long Beach Police shooting Noel Aguilar, a recent video of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies shooting a black man as he crawls away on his stomach, among many others.
This time, LAPD have assaulted, and punched special education teacher Ms. Zennea Foster (who cannot move her left arm and only has one hand) after illegally arresting her boyfriend, reports Los Angeles blogger and whistleblower Jasmyne Cannick. Foster is also a mother of four, and foster mother of two, who has been a special education assistant at LAUSD for 16 years.
Jasmyne provides a chilling version of the story:
The short and sweet version is that on February 4, 2015, Ms. Foster is called about a fight at a house she owns in South L.A. near Denker and Florence Avenues between two of the residents she rents to. She tells the person who called her to call the police and that she’s on her way over.
She arrives first and then her boyfriend arrives, he’s on a motorcycle.
The two residents involved in the incident have both left the premises.
As they are on the porch officers from 77th Street Division arrive on the scene and notice her boyfriend’s motorcycle.
Witnesses say one police officer says, “nice bike, we’re taking it.” The boyfriend responds by asking why and says “that’s not what you’re here for.” A police officer asks who said that and says “cuff him” and the police handcuff the boyfriend right then and there.
The owner of the house, Ms. Foster, stands about 5’3” and has only the use of her right arm. She cannot move or use her left arm and she has one hand.
Ms. Foster proceeds to tell the officers that she’s the owner of the house and that the suspect is no longer here. Witnesses say an officer responded by saying that he didn’t care.
From here it goes down hill but rather than have me explain it to you, I’ll let you hear it for yourself.
Click here to be directed to the audio link, and be advised that it is very upsetting.
The officer who punched Foster is 6’3″, and claimed he had to punch her two times, because she did not respond to his “5/10” level punch, so he had to hit her with an “8/10” because (according to the officer) she hit him for no reason while holding her phone.
Foster is just 5’3″ tall, and every officer testified that she did not move at all after the first punch. Why did this officer think that it was justifiable to punch her again for complying?
Ms. Foster said that she did initially hit the officer, but after he grabbed her and hit her while she was on the phone with the person police were pursuing. She told investigators that she was on the phone walking into her house, looking for a different officer to hand the phone to, after the other officer refused to talk to the person on the phone.
Her attorney Carl Douglas said:
“We introduced a chilling, yet powerful recording of the beating as it was taking place, since Zennea’s cell phone was recording the beating. You can hear her screaming in pain and explaining that she is disabled and physically unable to give them her left hand as they are demanding. You can hear the rhythmic sounds of blows being delivered to her body as she screams out in pain. It is horrifying to hear.
After falling to the ground, it takes THREE cops, each weighing more than 200 pounds to handcuff her. They admit that Burton had his knee in her back, and another cop was pressing his knee into her shoulder, yet they were unable to pry her disabled left arm from under her body. She is being charged in one of the three counts with resisting their efforts to cuff her left arm.
They then tie a hobble restraint around her ankles because they were concerned that she may injure them. She was wearing sandals with her bare feet. They then take this pictures of their work, further degrading her.
Fortunately, we ended the week with the powerful testimony of a one of the residents, “Ms. W”, who had slipped back into the house to use the bathroom before the attack, unbeknownst to the cops. She then emerges when she hears Zennea’s screams, and sees four cops kicking Zennea in the head and elbowing her in her torso as she is writhing in pain, screaming that she is unable to give them her hand. There wasn’t a dry eye in the courtroom, other than the other city attorneys who were watching the trial from the back.”
Court will resume on Monday morning in Department 75 at Metro Court located at 1945 South Hill Street, and closing arguments are expected for Tuesday.
Update from Jasmyne Cannick:
At the close of court today, Ms. Zennea Foster was on the witness stand undergoing cross-examination from the City Attorney’s office which will resume Tuesday morning. Closing arguments are expected to commence after lunch around 1:30 p.m. Attorney Carl Douglas says that supporters of Ms. Fosters who attend court are encouraged to wear “winter” white to court tomorrow. Department 75 at Metro Court located at 1945 South Hill Street.