The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after one of its officers was caught on camera apparently kicking a cyclist during a protest against oil giant BP on Friday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident took place on Hollywood Boulevard during a “Critical Mass” cycling event. Critical Masses — which involve cyclists riding through the streets to call for cyclists’ rights — typically take place on the last Friday of every month. This particular event targeted BP for its role in the Gulf oil spill.
Video of the incident shows what appears to be a police officer stepping out and kicking at a passing bicycle.
“Whoa, what the f*** was that for?” the unidentified cameraman can be heard saying. Moments later, the video shows two officers converge on the cameraman and take him down to the ground.
“Get up,” one officer can be heard saying, as another says “Stay down.”