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Man Says Gardena PD Beat Him Up for No Reason, Yet He's the One Facing Charges

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A 24-year-old African-American man facing felony charges for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in Gardena says the authorities have it wrong: He's the victim.

Perry Alexander says he was beaten by officers who questioned him because he was double parked, reports KTLA. The confrontation happened in March, and was caught on camera.

Alexander's girlfriend, who witnessed the encounter, describes what she saw:

"His entire shirt was drenched in blood. I saw him when he was transferred from one police car to another, and his face was really swollen, his eyes were swollen [and] he had a really big knot in the middle of his head."
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Gardena Police, however, say they did nothing wrong, and are standing behind the officers involved. They add that the Gardena PD believe "the criminal case will result in Mr. Alexander being held responsible for his actions."

Alexander's attorney, Allison Triessl, counters: "They know what they did. Just be honest, please."

The case is making the rounds of several national scandal sites, including RadarOnline, who include this information provided to them by Triessl:

"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."

Meanwhile, Global Grind has a more succinct take on what may be the crux of the issue, considering their headline: "Did Cali Po-Po Put The Beatdown On Another Black Man?"