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LAPD identifies woman slammed to ground in Tujunga traffic stop

A 34-year-old woman involved in an altercation with Los Angeles police that is now under investigation was identified Tuesday night as Michelle Jordan.

The Sunland resident was pulled over Aug. 21 on a cellphone violation and was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest following an altercation with a 22-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran and a probationary officer, police said.

An email sent to Jordan’s attorney Tuesday night was not returned.

The incident was captured by surveillance video from a nearby business that was recovered by an LAPD supervisor who canvassed the area after the incident, law enforcement officials told The Times. Video footage was obtained by KNBC-TV Channel 4.


The woman was pulled over at a Del Taco restaurant on Foothill Boulevard in Tujunga because the two officers said she was holding a cellphone while driving, said the officials, who asked not to be named because the internal inquiry was in its preliminary stages.

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