Clinton Alford Jr. 

Last year Clinton Alford Jr. sued the Los Angeles Police Department, accusing officers of holding him down and beating him.

On Wednesday, Alford's attorney announced intentions to add new allegations to the lawsuit, claiming that Alford and his family have since been harassed by officers in retaliation, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Alford told reporters that LAPD officers have continually driven by his home, and helicopters have flown by so close that the walls and windows rattled.

Caree Harper, Alford's attorney, said that officers driving past the home "heckled" the family and that just last week, LAPD officers drew their guns on the 22-year-old during a traffic stop.

"They want to catch him doing anything," Harper said, according to the Times. "Even if he's not doing anything."

Harper said that she will amend the November federal civil rights lawsuit, which already accuses officers of beating and using a Taser on Alford, to include the accusations of payback.


In a previous interview with the Times, Alford claimed that he was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk when a car pulled up. A man in the vehicle told him to stop, but because the man didn't identify himself as an office, Alford continued about his business. It was then, Alford told the Times, that someone grabbed the back of his bike and he jumped off and ran.

After a brief foot chase, two officers caught up to the young man. Alford said that he was on the ground and handcuffed when another officer showed up and began beating him.


The incident, which was caught on a private company's security camera, the Times notes, drew criticism from a few police officials. One told the Times that the officer looked like "a football player kicking a field goal."

However, LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith would not give an official statement on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation and lawsuit.


"There's already an internal-affairs investigation into this matter," Smith said, according to the Times. "If they have any other allegations of misconduct, we're eager to hear them and have internal affairs investigate them fully."

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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