What If the Infamous LA Cop Head Kick Incident Were Tried Here?

The unidentified El Monte police officer filmed Wednesday viciously kicking the head of Richard Rodriguez--a suspect who'd already surrendered and was lying on the ground spread eagle--should wish that, if he's prosecuted for assault, his case is moved to Orange County.

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Why?

Juries here routinely refuse to hold cops accountable for excessive force (or sexual improprieties such as ejaculating on motorists). Indeed, after covering OC trials for 14 years, I can report that any one of the following explanations for the El Monte kicking incident would impress our juries:

5. The suspect asked me to kick him as I was approaching in a happy, non-violent mood.

4. I slipped. No, really.

3. What's all the fuss about? It wasn't like I used the maximum amount of force available to me as a police officer risking my life protecting innocent citizens from dangerous hoodlums.

2. His head anticipated where my boot would be and moved to intersect its path.

1. I did it. So what? He was a gang-banger. I only wish I had decapitated him.

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