Leave it to the Huntington Beach Independent to make our new employee feel so welcome ("Police hire officer linked to beating"). Let me begin by stating something that the Independent seemed to gloss over. Bijan Darvish was never accused of any excessive force or beating. Darvish and his family went through a living hell as the Inglewood Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office investigated the videotaped incident.
Did the paper do the slightest bit of an investigation before publishing this sensationalized article? In fact, Darvish is clearly seen on the videotape with his back to the entire videotaped incident. Darvish wrote a report that documented his involvement and what he witnessed. The L.A. County District Attorney's Office expected Darvish to have eyes in the back of his head. Darvish clearly could not have seen the videotaped interaction between Officer Jeremy Morse and the teenager.
Darvish was indicted by a grand jury and went through a complete jury trial, and he was acquitted. Darvish also went through internal department discipline, which is what the story attempted to point out. Darvish went through the entire process and was exonerated by the hearing officer. The Inglewood Police Department did not accept the hearing officer's finding; Darvish had to go to Superior Court, and the city of Inglewood under court order had to accept the hearing officer's findings.