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News Release

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Media Relations

Law Enforcement Related Injury (LERI) NRF040-20dm

On June l, 2020, the Department received a complaint via email from Abigail Rodas alleging she had been shot in the face with a rubber bullet during a recent protest. Rodas indicated that at 7:00 p.m., she and other demonstrators were in the area of Edinburgh Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, when someone threw a bottle toward the front line of the demonstration. Rodas stated when she yelled at demonstrators not to throw bottles at the police, she was shot in the face with a rubber bullet and lost consciousness. Rodas was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital, where it was determined she had sustained a fracture to her jaw requiring surgery.

Investigative responsibility regarding this incident was originally assigned to the Department's SAFE LA Task Force under CF #20-001651. On August 24, 2020, the Department was able to confirm Rodas was admitted to the hospital on May 30, 2020, for a fractured jaw. Although the Department has yet to locate video of the incident, uniformed LAPD personnel were in the area at the time it occurred. Rodas' mechanism of injury has yet to be determined and investigative responsibility for this incident has been reassigned to Force Investigation Division (FID).

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