April 1, 2020, lawyers from the Civil Rights law firms Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai and Law Office of Matthew Strugar sued the Los Angeles Police Department and its officers for arresting, beating, and suffocating Michael Moore, a 63-year-old legally blind African American man.

On February 28, 2019, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department tackled, beat, and arrested Mr. Moore in the doorway of his home in South Los Angeles. Mr. Moore was then transported to California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles for medical care. While Mr. Moore lay strapped to a hospital gurney with his arms and legs completely immobilized and surrounded by half a dozen hospital security guards and multiple LAPD officers, LAPD Officer Choi pulled a towel over Mr. Moore’s face and cupped his hands over Mr. Moore’s mouth and nose, blocking Mr. Moore’s airway. Mr. Moore cried out, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!! I can’t breathe!!!” Ignoring Mr. Moore’s frantic pleas, Officer Choi continued suffocating Mr. Moore, covering Mr. Moore’s face for a full minute even after Mr. Moore lost consciousness. This shocking incident was recorded on another officer’s body worn camera.

Moore press release. 04-01-20.pdf

MEDIA:

LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-03/la-me-lapd-lawsuit-alleges-officer-suffocated-blind-man

KFIAM640: https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2020-04-02-lapd-sued-in-alleged-assault-on-man-strapped-to-gurney/

KTLA: https://ktla.com/news/local-news/south-l-a-man-sues-lapd-alleging-officer-suffocated-him-until-he-was-unconscious/