L.A. Sheriff’s Deputies Assault Reporter, Then Attempt To Mislead Public About It
Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies are recovering after a Saturday double shooting in which a gunman in Compton apparently walked up to their SUV and opened fire.
The incident has poured gasoline on a summer of protests and riots. President Donald Trump called the shooter an “animal” at a Nevada rally Sunday, adding that anybody who kills a police officer should receive the death penalty.
The incident also led to a bizarrely violent encounter between LASD deputies and a reporter from LAist and the NPR affiliate KPCC. The journalist was assaulted and arrested, and the sheriff’s department’s explanation simply does not match what video of the encounter shows.
Josie Huang had gone to St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood to cover an LASD press conference about the state of the two deputies. A small protest was taking place outside the hospital—a handful of people angry about the LASD’s fatal shooting of a cyclist in late August.
According to Huang’s account, she decided to follow deputies as they followed a man up a nearby street. Then she saw a commotion as they arrested the man. She was filming the arrest when the officers turned on her, shoved her, knocked her down, and arrested her. Her phone video captured deputies asking her to back up and then immediately attacking her and knocking her down. She was wearing her press pass and yelled, while she was on the ground, that she’s a reporter with KPCC. Her phone kept recording after it was knocked out of her grasp, showing two deputies crushing it under their boots. Huang was detained for five hours and has been charged with obstruction.
Before she tweeted her video of the incident, the LASD shared its own description of what happened. It is rathe
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