Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has identified the eight officers involved in the controversial capture of a suspected car thief, including John Hatfield, the officer videotaped by TV news cameras repeatedly striking the African American suspect with a flashlight after he appeared to surrender, says the Los Angeles Times. Hatfield, 35, is a seven-year veteran of the department; he refused to comment. The eight officers have been placed on desk duty pending criminal investigations by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which has jurisdiction where the suspect was arrested.
“This is a test. It’s a challenge,” Bratton said. “This city has spent a fortune – has engaged in the last 12 years in trying to erase the stain of the Rodney King issue, erase the stain of the Rampart issue.”