LAPD Facing Lawsuit After Officers Arrest Black Man During Search For White Suspect

The Los Angeles Police Department is facing a lawsuit after officers arrested a Black man outside of his home during a search for a white suspect in 2019.

Video Transcript

- Lawyers for a Hollywood music producer have filed a civil lawsuit against the LAPD. He says he was racially profiled and wrongfully arrested outside his home in 2019.

- Turn around.

ANTOINE AUSTIN: What?

- Turn around.

ANTOINE AUSTIN: Why?

- Turn around because I told you to. Turn around.

ANTOINE AUSTIN: What are you doing, bro? I live here.

- Right. We got a call.

- Well, officers were responding to a call about a man who violated a restraining order. A family spokesperson says the suspect was a white man. But when officers arrived, they arrested Antoine Austin, who's Black, despite him repeatedly telling officers they got the wrong guy. Then things escalated.

- [YELLING]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

ANTOINE AUSTIN: All you had to do is ask me.

- Why are you doing this?

ANTOINE AUSTIN: I didn't run from you. I didn't' run from you. I at least asked you. Yo, I'm not him

- Austin's girlfriend also told police he was the wrong man. As she was detained, her robe came off, and she wasn't wearing anything underneath it. Their attorney says she suffered emotional and physical damages. Earlier, we spoke to the family spokesperson.

JASMYNE CANNICK: In terms of community relations, no this video is not going to help that because it still shows that we are still-- we, meaning Black people-- are still being treated by the LAPD, in particular, like we're less than them.

- Well, we've reached out to LAPD for comment, but haven't heard back yet.