A recent video with a video camera shows a Los Angeles police officer firing a foam-covered shell at a man’s groin in June during protests across the city over the death of George Floyd.
Footage released by the LAPD on Friday shows cops in riot gear moving to take control of the Hollywood intersection amid a June 2 demonstration against police and brutality.
An officer pulls a sign from the hands of a protester who raises his hands while another cop pushes him back, the video shows.
A third cop then fired a close-up of a 40mm projectile into the protester’s crotch.
The department said it had launched an investigation into the incident using force on August 1
Ben Montemayor, a 28-year-old director, told the Times he suffered serious injuries to his testicles, with one of the bumps twice its normal size as a result of the shooting. He said he underwent emergency surgery to maintain his ability to have children.
Montemayor said he intends to file a lawsuit against the LAPD.
A police spokesman told the Times that Montemayor had left the scene and has since refused to answer cops’ questions, referring them to his lawyers.
His lawyer, Dan Stormer, attacked the police investigation, calling departmental investigations against his own employees a “complete farce.”
“They are gathering evidence and conducting an investigation to protect themselves from the upcoming case,” Stormer told the Times.
The video shows a “brutal attack” on Montemayor, which “in some ways is even worse than we thought,” the lawyer said.
“You don’t often see something like this cut and dried, but it’s pretty brutal.”
The department’s policy requires that such projectiles be used only for persons who pose a clear and imminent threat and who are at least five feet away. Employees should not use weapons in response to verbal threats or “mere non-compliance,” according to the Times.
The LAPD’s investigation into the incident is still in its infancy and no decision has yet been made on whether the cops’ actions were appropriate, a spokesman said.