LAPD responds to viral TikTok showing heavily armed law enforcement in front of unhoused encampment on Venice Beach
In this file photo dated June 8, 2021, a jogger walks past a homeless camp in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Council stands ready to crack down on homeless camps, making tents illegal on some sidewalks, under flyovers, and near parks. The measure, which will be considered on Thursday July 1, 2021, will be billed as a humane way to get people off the streets and restore access to public spaces.
A viral TikTok shows an LAPD officer standing outside a homeless camp in Venice Beach.
The LAPD told Insiders it responded to a radio call warning of an attack with a deadly weapon.
The LAPD said the suspect alleged a woman tried to steal his bike, which prompted him to pull out his shotgun in defense.
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A 25-second video showing heavily armed Los Angeles police officers around the tents in Venice Beach on July 25th has grown significantly on social media - both on TikTok, where it was originally posted, and on Twitter.
The video shows at least two officers with guns and several people sitting on the ground in front of tents covered with blue tarpaulins.
LAPD officer Norma Eisenman told Insider that the officers responded to a radio warning of an attack with a deadly weapon. The suspect was described as a white man in a blue tent who threatened to shoot people with his gun.
The LAPD said the suspect, whose name remains unknown, alleged that a woman tried to steal his bike, which prompted him to pull out his shotgun in defense. Although the suspect was temporarily arrested, carrying a pellet gun is not illegal and he was eventually released, according to the LAPD. No injuries were reported.
"Officials arrived, the witness pointed to the tent in which the alleged man was deployed with a pistol and a tactical weapon. The part of the broadcast video shows this. The people were ordered out of the tent and came after," said Officer Eisenman told Insider.
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Venice Beach is at the heart of the Los Angeles homeless crisis. Last week, Councilor Mike Bonin, who represents District 11, which includes Venice, was one of only two councilors who voted against an ordinance prohibiting "sitting, lying or sleeping" near "sensitive" areas such as schools, libraries, and parks; and "right of way" areas such as freeway entrances, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
This ordinance will disproportionately hit the LA homeless population, as previously reported by Insider. According to the KTLA, there are an estimated 41,000 people without accommodation in the city of Los Angeles and about 1,600 people in the Venice neighborhood.
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