Two more Los Angeles police officers are under investigation in incidents in which suspects were struck on the head with the type of large heavy flashlights that Chief William Bratton says he will ban, the Los Angeles Times reports. The incidents recalled the June attack on Stanley Miller, a car theft suspect whose flashlight beating was videotaped and broadcast nationally. Bratton said that both incidents would receive the most serious level of investigation, because both suspects suffered blows to the head, which could cause serious injury.
“These incidents are going to happen,” Bratton said. “There are investigations in both these cases and they will be vigorously investigated. We are going away from these flashlights. Initial review would seem to indicate that they used those flashlights appropriately for the circumstances the officers found themselves in.”