Jan. 17, 1943: District attorney’s investigators question Police Sgt. James F. Martin about the arrest of Stanley H. Beebe, who died after being beaten by LAPD officers.
Martin said that he got a bloody nose and two broken ribs in his struggle with Beebe after Martin boarded a streetcar and 3rd and Hill. The conductor asked Martin to remove Beebe, who was drunk and disorderly, but Martin wanted to wait until the car got to 1st, near the old Central Police Station.
“It took every ounce of strength I had to get Beebe off the car,” Martin said.
Martin said that once Beebe was at the police station, he left twice, once to check on some eggs he was carrying that were broken in the fight with Beebe and again to smoke a cigarette.
Testimony was also taken from Mabel Morehouse, a nurse who cared for Beebe at General Hospital; and ambulance driver Joseph Fiestel and attendant Alex E. Blanco, who transported Beebe from his home to the hospital.The ambulance crew said it was clear Beebe had been beaten.
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