A video capturing two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies restraining and punching Alejandro Hernandez, an amputee, has sparked public outrage and demands for answers. The incident occurred as Hernandez was making his way to his home in East Los Angeles on November 20th. The deputies, recognizing him from past encounters as an active gang member, suspected Hernandez of concealing something in his waistband.
Deputies' Encounter with Hernandez
The deputies were patrolling around 3:50 p.m. when they spotted Hernandez. They saw him moving his hands towards his waistband, suggesting he was trying to hide something. When the deputies approached Hernandez, they claimed to have felt a firearm in his waistband. Despite Hernandez's resistance, the deputies managed to detain him and recover a loaded 9mm firearm from inside his pants.
Alejandro Hernandez's Charges
Following the altercation, which left both Hernandez and the deputies needing medical treatment, Hernandez was arrested. He was charged with possession of a firearm as an ex-felon and battery on a police officer. However, Hernandez's attorney, Christian Contreras, argued that the deputies had no reason to approach Hernandez in the first place. He pointed out that there was no report of a crime or 911 call involving Mr. Hernandez at the time.
Allegations of Targeting and Brutality
Contreras accused the deputies of targeting Hernandez due to his disability and brutally beating him. He argued that the deputies violated Hernandez's right to equal protection under the law. According to Contreras, the deputies recognized Hernandez's disability and exploited it, violating his rights and brutally beating him.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has responded to the incident, stating that a comprehensive review is underway to determine if the deputies violated any policies or procedures during their encounter with Hernandez.