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Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
United States

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Joseph Cruz, who was later ...
www.latimes.com, 27 Jan 2011 [cached]
Joseph Cruz, who was later fired from the LAPD for dishonesty in an unrelated case, killed Mohammad Usman Chaudhry early on a March morning in 2008.
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Cruz and his partner had encountered the 21-year-old man laying in the bushes alongside a Hollywood apartment building.
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Peter J. Ferguson, who represented Cruz, did not return a call for comment.
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When Cruz sued the city to get his job back, lawyers for the city argued that he had destroyed his credibility. During the wrongful death trial, however, the Los Angeles Police Department and city attorney's office tried to convince the jury that Cruz was, in fact, credible and his account of the shooting should be believed.
In his short time as a ...
www.latimes.com, 21 Jan 2011 [cached]
In his short time as a Los Angeles police officer, Joseph Cruz earned a reputation as a hard-charging cop. He opted to work nights in a "very aggressive unit" in Hollywood, using force on suspects when the circumstances called for it, court records show. A supervisor once testified that he wished he had 40 officers just like Cruz.
The praise, however, soon turned to suspicion and later disbelief. In 2007, a witness said he saw the 25-year-old Cruz pistol-whip a suspect, leaving a bloody gash on the man's head. Cruz claimed the man caused the injury himself by lifting his head into the butt of the gun. Ultimately, Cruz was fired for dishonesty after he gave shifting accounts of another detainee's escape from his custody.
When Cruz went to court to try to get his job back, city lawyers told a judge the former officer's "actions have damaged beyond repair his credibility."
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So it is a strange scene playing out this week in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles, where the LAPD and the same city attorney's office that essentially denounced Cruz as a liar are now vouching for his credibility in a lawsuit alleging that he wrongly killed a man.
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A few minutes before 4 a.m., Cruz and his partner were driving down Curson Avenue south of Sunset Boulevard when Cruz spotted Mohammed Usman Chaudhry lying behind some bushes in the shadows of an apartment building.
Chaudhry was a 21-year-old autistic man who sometimes wandered away from his parent's home in favor of a transient existence on the streets in Hollywood. Cruz struck up a conversation with Chaudhry, who acted calmly and did not seem to pose a threat, police and court records show. It does not appear that Chaudhry's behavior gave the officers an indication of his mental disorder. Cruz instructed his partner to return to the patrol car to run Chaudhry's name through a computer database for any outstanding warrants. From where the vehicle was parked, his partner could not see Cruz and Chaudhry clearly, court and police records show.
According to Cruz's account of the shooting contained in court and police records, Chaudhry suddenly reached into the front pocket of his sweatshirt, pulled out a knife with a nearly 4-inch blade and lunged at him. Cruz drew his gun and fired three shots in quick succession, and, with Chaudhry still on his feet, fired a fourth shot a second or two later. His partner saw Cruz fire only the fourth shot, and there were no other witnesses.
Three of the bullets struck Chaudhry in the chest area, killing him. Cruz was treated for a small cut on his hand that he said he suffered when he raised his arm to block Chaudhry's attempt to stab him. A knife was recovered at the scene.
The Los Angeles Police Commission, a civilian board that oversees the LAPD and reviews all serious use-of-force cases, concluded that Cruz's decision to use deadly force was justified. The board criticized Cruz and his partner for failing to search Chaudhry for weapons and for ignoring a basic tactical rule that requires one officer to always keep watch over his partner during a stop.
Chaudhry's parents filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Cruz and the LAPD, alleging that their son's civil rights were violated in the shooting.
In his opening statement to the jury Tuesday, a lawyer for the family made it clear he would try to cast doubt on Cruz's trustworthiness and his account of the incident, in part by driving home the fact that the LAPD and city lawyers concluded he was not credible.
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"And the evidence will show that Joseph Cruz was fired from his position as an LAPD officer ... that it was the city of Los Angeles that fired him ... and the reason he was fired was that he was dishonest, that he would not tell the truth during an official investigation."
The city has a strong interest in defending Cruz in court. If the jury awards the Chaudhry family monetary damages, it is likely - although not certain - that the city will be responsible for the cost since Cruz killed Chaudhry in the line of duty.
The city is paying Peter Ferguson, a private attorney, to defend Cruz in the case.
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The shooting came in the wake of two other incidents that put Cruz under scrutiny and eventually resulted in his being fired.
In April 2007, the pistol-whipping incident occurred, according to police records. Despite Cruz's explanation that the wound had been accidentally caused by the suspect, the Police Commission concluded that the witness' account was more credible and determined that Cruz had been unjustified in making the head strike. It does not appear that finding led the LAPD to open an investigation into whether Cruz had been dishonest with investigators.
Several months later, Cruz and a partner were sent to pick up a girl who had run away from a juvenile shelter, according to court records. On the drive back to the LAPD's Hollywood area station, the girl escaped from the patrol car and fled.
During the investigation into the incident, Cruz offered the explanation that the girl, who was handcuffed, had thrown herself head-first out the window while the car was moving. And, in three interviews with investigators, he gave a changing account of what he did in the moments after she fled. At first, he said he had tried to contact a supervisor over his department radio. When investigators told Cruz there was no record of any radio transmission, he said he recalled that he had instead used his mobile phone to contact the station.
Department officials accused Cruz of oversights that led to the girl's escape and of making false statements - a charge he denied. He went before a three-person disciplinary board, which included two LAPD captains. The two captains rejected Cruz's explanations, found him guilty of dishonesty and recommended that he be fired.
"There are too many events that do not make sense, as explained by Officer Cruz, to give this board any confidence in his statement," the captains concluded in their decision. Cruz, they wrote, had offered up a "calculated set of false facts" that amounted to a "concocted story."
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LAPD officer "Cruz" was not fired and protected now , because of his CORRUPT UNION muscling the city of Angeles.
In March 2008, Mohammad Usman Chaudhry ...
hindtoday.com, 20 May 2014 [cached]
In March 2008, Mohammad Usman Chaudhry was shot three times in the torso by Officer Joseph Cruz.
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Cruz was later fired for giving inaccurate accounts about a detainee who fled from his custody, and had previously been caught striking a man in his custody in the head. Three years later, a jury found that Cruz used excessive force in the shooting. Thereafter, Cruz was fired from the LAPD for unrelated misconduct.
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The suit was filed against former LAPD officer Joseph Cruz and the LAPD for claims including wrongful death and excessive use of force, and against Los Angeles County for the failure to notify the Chaudhry family of their son's death for three weeks.
Usman was a 21 year old ...
lapd2.blogspot.com, 1 July 2008 [cached]
Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and . Lapd Jobs LAPD beating.
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Lucky indeed Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and . Lapd Crime Map Los Angeles: Chief of Police William Bratton today announced the following transfers and promotions of LAPD Command Staff, effective during July 2008.
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Lucky indeed Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and . Lapd Blog It's been quite a while since we have had a serious network LA-based cop show and it would be interesting to see how the LAPD is portrayed.
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Lapd Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and . Apparently NBC is eager to remain in the John Wells business, and they have ordered a pilot episode for Wells' latest project, for now called LAPD, which will - big surprise - center on police in the city of Los Angeles Lapd Jobs The new series is tentatively titled "LAPD."
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There are 20 million people living in LA . Officer Joseph Cruz and his partner took away a 21 year old person that brought people nothing but joy and laughter!
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The search began after a hiker found Powlesland's purse in the park and contacted police Lapd Crime Map Around 4:00 pm on March 18, 1997, undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga shot and killed Rampart CRASH officer Kevin Gaines in self-defense following a case of apparent road rage.[8] [10] According to Lyga's and other witness testimony, . Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and .
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Upon arrival, officers located a victim, . Officer Joseph Cruz and his partner took away a 21 year old person that brought people nothing but joy and laughter!
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Lucky indeed Lapd Jobs Around 4:00 pm on March 18, 1997, undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga shot and killed Rampart CRASH officer Kevin Gaines in self-defense following a case of apparent road rage.[8] [10] According to Lyga's and other witness testimony, . Usman was a 21 year old autistic young man that was HANDCUFFED & SHOT multiple times by the LAPD on March 25, 2008 at 4:00 am 1400 N. Curson Ave, Hollywood, CA. LAPD notified his family 21 days later even though Officer Joseph Cruz and . Lapd Blog This attack was premeditated by the LAPD and the state because they wanted to intimidate the families that were out there marching.
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Lapd Officer Joseph Cruz and his partner took away a 21 year old person that brought people nothing but joy and laughter!
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www.archives2011.ghazali.net, 27 Jan 2011 [cached]
The suit was filed against former LAPD officer Joseph Cruz and the LAPD for claims including wrongful death and excessive use of force, and against Los Angeles County for the failure to notify the Chaudhry family of their son's death for three weeks. Tenets of the Islamic faith require burying a body within three days of death.
This week, the jury found that the officer used excessive force, acted with malice, and that the City of Los Angeles was liable as the officer's employer. Damages were awarded on Wednesday.
In March 2008, Chaudhry was shot four times by Cruz after Chaudhry was discovered lying on the ground of an apartment complex in Hollywood.
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Cruz was later fired for giving inaccurate accounts about a detainee who fled from his custody, and had previously been caught striking a man in his custody in the head
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The investigation found no fault in the actions of Cruz and his partner.
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