Black judge handcuffed by UCLA police, forced to kneel for routine traffic stop
David Cunningham III, a superior court judge in Los Angeles is claiming that two UCLA police officers used excessive force after they pulled him over for a seat belt violation. According to Cunningham’s attorney, he was handcuffed and put in the back of the police vehicle.
In a statement released Monday, UCLA police said, in part, “During the course of the traffic stop, police officers instructed the driver to stay inside the vehicle and returned to their patrol car to run a routine license and registration check. Despite these instructions, the driver left the vehicle — an escalating behavior that can place officers at risk. The driver stood in the roadway and refused instructions to get back in his car.”
Cunningham III was temporary handcuffed, and released at the scene shortly after with a citation for failing to wear a seat belt.
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