LOS ANGELES (AP) — A black Los Angeles judge who says he was shoved, grabbed and handcuffed by UCLA police has filed a $10 million claim against the force for assault and racial profiling.
Superior Court Judge David Cunningham contends he was seriously injured in the 10-minute confrontation last November. His Jan. 16 claim is the precursor to a lawsuit.
Cunningham, a former president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, says he was racially profiled and roughed up after he was stopped for driving without a seatbelt. UCLA police say he refused to heed instructions to stay in his car.
He was cited and released.
UCLA says it fully investigated Cunningham’s allegations but didn’t find sufficient evidence to sustain them. The university says it’s distressed when anyone feels disrespected by its police.