Deputies Pull Guns On 3 Black Teens Despite Witnesses Saying They Were The Victims

Written by on August 10, 2020

Sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County aimed a rifle and a handgun at three Black youngsters after a witness referred to as in to report that the kids had been being threatened by a person with a knife.

The terrifying encounter Friday between deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, north of Los Angeles, and the kids was captured on a cellphone video that was posted on social media Saturday.

A lady within the video repeatedly tells the kids to maintain their palms up, apparently frightened that they risked being shot in the event that they didn’t. Others may be heard yelling at police that the youngsters “didn’t do something” and “that is loopy.” One girl, who recognized herself as a supervisor of a restaurant close to the scene, says: “I’m the one which referred to as you. It was not them.” 

The kids had been made to kneel at gunpoint, then had been handcuffed and detained. They had been questioned and shortly launched, the Los Angeles Nation Sheriff’s Division informed HuffPost.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a video assertion Monday afternoon saying he had “considerations concerning the ways employed” after he watched the footage of the confrontation and had launched an investigation. He stated the division had obtained a name a couple of “felony assault, and the deputies detained these allegedly to be concerned.” He supplied no different particulars concerning the reported assault.

Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth issued a press release asking that the “deputy be faraway from the sector pending the end result” of the probe. He reportedly was referring to the principle deputy on the scene who pointed a rifle on the teenagers.

Deputies had been referred to as to the scene when witnesses reported that the three teenagers had been being threatened by a homeless man with a knife as they waited at a bus cease, the mom of one of many teenagers, Tammi Collins, informed Los Angeles CBS affiliate Channel 2.

Collins posted a video of the confrontation on Instagram. “That is one thing my son and his pals will always remember,” she stated.

A deputy informed The Santa Clarita Valley Sign newspaper that one witness referred to as to report an assault with a skateboard. The sheriff’s workplace later stated that no sufferer was discovered and no crime dedicated, The Sign reported.

“I feel anybody who noticed the video would discover it regarding, and it’s applicable for town to ask for an instantaneous investigation and to ask for a deputy to be faraway from the sector whereas the investigation happens,” Smyth stated. 

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