|For Immediate Release
March 13, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
GANG ENFORCEMENT POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT FOR KICKING
AND KNEEING ARRESTEE
SANTA ANA – A gang enforcement police officer was convicted today of assaulting an arrestee by kicking him once and kneeing him while he was handcuffed. Brian Douglas Anderson, 34, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of assault under the color of authority and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and three years of probation.
On May 19, 2007, officers from the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) Gang Suppression Unit arrested one adult, age 19, and two juveniles, ages 17 and 15, on Sunswept Avenue in Garden Grove for various suspected crimes including prowling, resisting arrest, violating probation, and possessing burglary tools for the benefit of a criminal street gang. The three arrestees are members and/or associates of a Hispanic criminal street gang.
While David T., then 17 years old, was on the ground being detained by Anderson and another officer, Anderson kicked David T. one time in his right side. The officers then stood the handcuffed David T. up to take him to the patrol car. Before moving him to the patrol vehicle, Anderson kneed David T. one time in the groin region.
On Nov. 19, 2008, GGPD asked the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a criminal investigation after a civil suit was filed by David T.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.