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Federal office shooting reveals more problems in U.S. judicial system (2)

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13:48, February 21, 2012

According to the lawsuit, the other agent was sitting in an unmarked car when LAPD officers handcuffed him and threatened to shoot him. When Garcia arrived, police handling the case from LAPD allegedly put him in a headlock, handcuffed him and forced him into the back of a police car, despite his cries of agony because of an old shoulder injury.

Garcia was hospitalized for treatment of his shoulder and "numerous bruises and contusions," the lawsuit said.

What Garcia said of the case is alarming. "If this could happen to me, then ordinary citizens have even more reason to fear for their own safety," Garcia told the Los Angeles Times when the lawsuit was filed.

"The situation within the LAPD is clearly out of control," Garcia claimed.

However, a federal jury found the case in the LAPD police officers' favor in 2005, saying they did not use excessive force against Garcia and the other agent. That gave a heavy mental blow to Garcia.

Although Claude Arnold, an ICE special agent in charge, noted that the shooting is an anomaly for the department, FOX News has questioned about ICE.

According to FOX News, the deadly shooting of a supervisor by an immigration special agent earlier is the latest blow against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement agency created after the 2001 terror attacks.

It says that its officers and agents have themselves been arrested for crimes, accused of improper relationship with informants, convicted in embezzlement cases, and more.

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