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Demoted Captain Assigned to Northeast Division

The demoted Captain is suing in an effort to regain his post.

A Los Angeles Police Department Captain who was removed as commander of the Foothill Division for allegedly failing to act against officers accused of using excessive force during a videotaped arrest has been demoted and assigned to the LAPD's Northeast Division.   

Capt. Joseph Hiltner filed a complaint with the California Department of
Fair Employment and Housing on Tuesday, NBC4 reported on its website.

"I have been demoted two substantial levels and transferred against my
will without cause,'' according to Hiltner's complaint, a copy of which was
obtained by the station. "I have and will continue to lose substantial
financial damages and extensive damage to my standing and reputation in my
workplace.''
  
Hiltner was removed from his command last week, with LAPD Chief Charlie
Beck saying Hiltner was "severely deficient in his response'' to an arrest
captured on surveillance video that appeared to show a handcuffed woman being thrown to the ground.   

Hiltner is now working as the patrol commanding officer at the Northeast Division, which is below a division commander, according to the LA Daily News.

Michelle Jordan, a 34-year-old registered nurse from Sunland, was
stopped in a Del Taco parking lot near Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Avenue in
Tujunga around 11:15 a.m. Aug. 21 for allegedly using a cell phone while
driving.
  
Police said Jordan got out of her car and was taken to the ground and
handcuffed. After she was handcuffed, she was taken to the ground a second
time. The video shows one of the officers landing on top of her during the
second takedown.   

Jordan was arrested and booked on suspicion of interfering and resisting
arrest, and then released on her own recognizance, police said.

The officers involved, one with 22-years of service and the other a
probationary officer with 10-months on the job, were reassigned to non-field
duties pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.   

But Beck took more severe steps against Hiltner, removing him from
command of the station and initiating the process of demoting him.
  
"Proper steps were not taken, including appropriate notifications and
the removal of the involved officers from the field,'' Beck said.
  
Hiltner's attorney told Channel 4 the demotion was in response to his
involvement in an earlier, unrelated harassment case against another LAPD
captain who was eventually exonerated.

His assignment to Northeast comes at a time when the Division is facing abuse claims of its own. Brian Mulligan, a media executive for Deutsche Bank, has filed an abuse claim against LAPD, .

LAPD disputes Mulligan's story.

Xato September 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Great, he should be really effectual in our local department...
The MOG September 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Let me say, when I got out of the Navy @ 21, I was an alcoholic. I had rough, violent beginnings, & quite frankly, can be a bit pugnacious. However, I never intentionally hurt anyone ( Doesn't mean I never hurt anyone. I've hurt the most important people in my life.), I never joined a ganged, robbed, or cheated. I did, however have a lot of run ins with P.I.G.S.- that's People In Government, i.e., Authority. In this case the police, NE Div. I fought them, and they beat the you know what out of me. I didn't have ANYONE helping me. I had alienated my loved ones (Long sinced reconciled), but I was stupid enough to think I could @ least count on the Public Defender. The PD will get the truth before a jury, huh? He'll let him know that the cops were rousting me every time the saw me. Does anyone remember those days in early 80's? Why, those young so & so's were being trained by the older filth that learned the ropes in the '60s & '70s. I must say, that NELA Div, has improved remarkably from then. If I'm stopped today, I at least know that I will be treated with respect. The young people in uniform are different from 3o years ago. They're better! However I'm not a fool. I know dirty cops have been par for the course since the Centurians. But this Captain's grievence have the ring of sincerity to it. I don't want him to suffer because the Dept. is more worried about Political Correctness, than right & wrong. Cops shouldn't be penalized for doing thier job. Which is the case in L.A.
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
"Without cause"!?!?!?! Looking the other way when your "men" (I use the term loosely) willfully engage in the obvious use of excessive force against a woman not even 5-and-a-half feet tall would be "cause" in my book! But then the 22-year veteran cop decides to show off for the rookie and slam her to the asphalt once again, and celebrate with what looks like a fist bump, yet you see nothing wrong with it & now lawyer up because you've been called on it!? So...demoted Capt. Hitler - oops, I mean Hiltner - what exactly IS your excuse for failing to take prompt corrective action against your abusive patrol officers? I need some clarification here. Was this routine behavior? Did you shrug and smile about it until the heat was on?
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM
As for the officers caught on video...does it make you feel big & powerful to manhandle a woman, or are you taking out your lack of potency in other areas on a defenseless citizen? SO WHAT if she "mouthed off". Aren't you trained in how to diffuse a situation & remain calm, exercising some restraint? It's part of your job! I don't think an unarmed female who is imposing no physical threat - particularly one in handcuffs - should EVER be "taken to the ground" and roughed up by officers of the law who are supposed to protect & serve. They protect themselves & serve their own purposes in at least half the cases I've witnessed (in real life, not just on TV). Also, this alleged cell phone violator is an RN. It's doubtful she's stupid enough to risk her nursing license & career by actually resisting arrest, let alone the fact that she's got a toddler! I'm thinking she was protesting the reason she was pulled over & perhaps taunted them or used a few choice words. That is no excuse for the police to flip out & body slam her like that. What would happen if these guys didn't have badges!? It would be criminal assault! What if other cops pulled over one of your wives or daughters and did that? Would you fist bump them for doing a good job? These officers must be held accountable for abusing their positions of authority as well as assaulting a handcuffed suspect. Perhaps let them be judged in a court of general population in county!

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