The Los Angeles County Inspector General’s report, published on September 10, recommended that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) regulate the practice of pointing firearms at unarmed people after investigating an incident in which firearms were drawn at three teenagers.
In August 2020, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station responded to a call about a possible fight in a parking lot in Santa Clarita. The caller said that three teenagers allegedly hit an older man with their skateboards; The Los Angeles Daily News reported that a lawyer for the teens later said the older man attacked them and drove them into traffic.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old at a bus stop with a crowd of around six to eight people. A video shot by a mob member shows three deputies with their guns, one of them an AR-15 rifle, aimed at three teenagers who are “unarmed on video and complying with deputies’ orders”. appear,” according to the report. The three teenagers were briefly detained and questioned about the fight, and then released.
Two days after the incident, a citizen of the state of Oregon called the Santa Clarita station to file a formal complaint, which launched an investigation. The video was viewed multiple times online by members of the public as well as Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smith and Los Angeles Supervisor Katherine Barger, who expressed concerns about firearms being pulled at apparently unarmed teens.
“I encourage Sheriff Alex Villanueva to support transparency and accountability for the community with a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding this case,” Barger said in a statement. “In addition, I have spoken to Los Angeles County Inspector General Max Huntsman and asked him to share his independent review of the results of the investigation with my office, city leaders and the community.”
“I have concerns about the strategy employed,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a 2020 video statement, adding that the case is currently being investigated.
The report found that the deputationist’s strategy of drawing and pointing guns was in line with LASD policy. However, the watch commander said the deputy could have used a “less lethal” tactic instead of using a rifle; The Watch Commander also found that a representative used “hate speech” towards the crowd. According to the report, a performance log entry was issued to the deputy for his actions, but no other disciplinary action was taken against the deputy.
The report eventually made a number of recommendations, including a recommendation that the Sheriff’s Department make the drawing and pointing of a firearm a reportable use of force, and that the department should revise its patrol rifle policy so as to allow “proper and improper deployment.” as possible to contain clear guidance of the rifle.”
The report also recommends diligent documentation and investigation of citizens’ grievances. The LASD reportedly closed the investigation without recording the statements of other deputies and people who witnessed the conversation.
The report states, “It is concerned that such behavior will never come to the notice of a supervisor unless the public sees it, the lack of reporting requirements means that no supervisory or There is no command staff evaluation.” “It shouldn’t take the public’s reaction to a video of a deputy pointing a rifle at a teenager to get a response from sheriff’s department management to reconsider its rifle policy.”
LASD did not respond to a request for comment as of press time; The Los Angeles Inspector General declined to comment for this article.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times