Four police officers were ordered to surrender Friday after their indictments in the beating of a motorist, a case that has prompted federal authorities to investigate police brutality nationwide.
At the same time Thursday, Police Chief Daryl Gates withstood continuing pressure to resign.Rodney King, the 25-year-old motorist whose beating was recorded by a bystander trying out a new video camera, was recovering from facial surgery. King, whose skull was broken in nine places, was in good condition, said Steve Lerman, a spokesman for King's attorney.
A Los Angeles County grand jury on Thursday indicted a sergeant and three officers on charges stemming from the March 3 beating, and they were told to surrender in court Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
King was clubbed, kicked, shocked with a stun gun and stomped during a traffic stop. National television programs showed the tape of the assault.
Another 11 officers at the scene of the beating may face department discipline or prosecution, the paper said, citing attorneys for the officers and an unnamed law enforcement source.
Officers named in the sealed indictments, according to the Times, are: Sgt. Stacey Koon, 40; Officers Ted Briseno, 38, and Laurence Powell, 28, and Timothy Wind, 30, a rookie still on probation. The charges were not disclosed.
A spokeswoman for Los Angeles County District Attorney Ira Reiner declined to comment on the report.
In Washington, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh ordered the Civil Rights Division's inquiry into the incident widened to review all police brutality complaints to the Justice Department in the past six years.
Gates said he welcomes Thornburgh's review.
"Bring on his investigators. Look at what we've done," Gates said, referring to his administration of the 8,300-officer department. "I'm very proud of it."
Gates sat impassively at a routine Police Commission meeting Thursday where a crowd of about 400 people demanded he resign