By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor
During Wednesday's preliminary hearing of Perry Alexander, an African-American motorist who was allegedly beaten by the Gardena Police Department during a routine traffic stop last year, his attorneys will grill cops about the disappearance of 14 minutes of pivotal dash cam video, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Alexander was arrested on March 16, 2011, after he was pulled over by the police for an alleged traffic violation. Alexander claims he was severely beaten by cops and was subsequently charged with felony resisting arrest.
Alexander's powerhouse attorneys, Alison Triessl and Robert Sheahen will grill cops about the disappearance of "pivotal dash cam video," as Alexander was "brutally beaten, punched multiple times in the face, despite his pleas for the officers to stop," according to a statement from the lawyers.
"In this case, the wrong person is being charged with a crime. The officers in this case asked Perry Alexander to exit his vehicle, he complied. The officers then asked Perry Alexander to place his hands on the hood of his vehicle, he complied. The officers searched Perry Alexander and found nothing. When Perry Alexander simply questioned his detention, he was brutally assaulted by the officers. It is the officers' conduct in this case that should be criminally scrutinized not Perry Alexander's," Triessl previously told RadarOnline.com.
EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENT: Read Perry Alexander’s Attorney’s Letter To The DA
Before Alexander was formally charged, Triessl fired off a letter to the District Attorney's Office and maintained that the wrong person was being prosecuted. "Since the inception of this case it has been our position that the officers in this instance were the aggressors and it is their conduct, not Mr. Alexander's that should be prosecuted...Not only did we thoroughly brief the matter for your office's review and ask for an in person meeting before a filing decision was made, we also provided your office with video footage and pictures of Mr. Alexander's injuries, which should absolve Mr. Alexander of any wrongdoing," the letter states.
Perry was subsequently taken to Gardena Memorial Hospital, and Triessel states in her letter: "As a result of the injuries Mr. Alexander suffered at the hands of several police in this matter, he was transferred to Gardena Memorial Hospital to receive medical care....We have been informed that several nurses observed the severity of Mr. Alexander's injuries with one in particular informing the parents of Mr. Alexander that, ‘it was wrong what the officers did to their son and they should get a lawyer for him immediately.’
“Although we have sent investigators to locate the nurse in question and obtain a statement from her we have been informed that the hospital staff has been told not to comment on this case. Given the importance of this witness and the curious nature of her silence, we should respectfully request that your office reach out to the hospital staff and inform them that they may speak to us.”
Among Alexander's alleged injuries were a black eye, with a gash above it, a heavily bruised cheek and a bloodshot eye. Sources connected to the case tell RadarOnline.com that Alexander has suffered from long term injuries because of the alleged beating.
If convicted of the felony charge, Alexander could face up to two years in state prison and face $10k in fines.
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