Deputies Arrest Man Who Impersonated an Officer and Chanted ‘White Power’ at Black Lives Matter Protest

The man seen wearing a Los Angeles Police Department shirt while shouting “white power” at Black Lives Matter protest late last month was arrested after trying to represent himself...

The man seen wearing a Los Angeles Police Department shirt while shouting “white power” at Black Lives Matter protest late last month was arrested after trying to represent himself as an officer to deputies in West Hollywood early Friday morning, officials said.

Image result for Deputies Arrest Man Who Chanted ‘White Power’ at Black Lives Matter Protest

Investigators will be seeking additional victims after the man admitted that he habitually impersonates a police officer to get respect, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Joanna Warren said.

But for now, sheriff’s detectives are working with LAPD to gather more information before releasing the suspect’s name and booking photo, Warren said.

Deputies made contact with the man around 12:10 a.m. as he was sleeping in a vehicle outside a business that doesn’t allow overnight parking on the 1200 block of North La Brea Avenue, according to a sheriff’s news release.

“As they made contact with the man to check his welfare deputies noticed the male was wearing a long sleeve shirt with ‘LAPD’ logo on the front and patches on the sleeves,” the release states. The deputies then recognized him from the widely viewed Black Lives Matter protest video.

Embedded video

#BlackLivesMatter-LA@BLMLA

LAPD OFFICER REPEATEDLY YELLS “WHITE POWER” & THROWS UP WHITE POWER SIGN as he antagonizes the family of and protestors this morning at demonstration outside 24-Hour Fitness in Hollywood. @WP4BL @shaunking @Jasmyne @CBSNews

4,418 people are talking about this

It was shot by members of the group who had convened at a 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood to protest the gym staff’s handling of a man who was in a locker room cordoned off for renovation last year.

Staff called LAPD to report that 30-year-old Albert Ramon Dorsey had already assaulted a parking lot security guard the day before and was now trespassing, and the police officers who responded wound up fatally shooting the unarmed Dorsey, who they said was not complying and punched one of the officers.

Image result for Deputies Arrest Man Who Chanted ‘White Power’ at Black Lives Matter Protest

Video captured by BLM at the Jan. 31 demonstration shows a man — who appears to be of Asian descent — wearing the shirt described by deputies chanting “white power” and flashing a white supremacist hand signal as he was leaving the gym.

Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM’s L.A. chapter and a professor at Cal State L.A., was at the demonstration. She said the man antagonized and harassed the protestors.

Although he had represented himself as an LAPD officer to the activists, police later determined he is not a member of their force.

LAPD HQ

@LAPDHQ

We have identified the individual in question related to a video involving the use of racially insensitive remarks. As first suggested by some, this individual is not, and has never been, an LAPD officer or employee.

LAPD HQ

@LAPDHQ

The apparel worn by the individual, specifically the T-shirt with LAPD insignia, is not Department issued and is accessible to the public. We will be working with our Entertainment Trademark Unit to ensure violations of our trademark on apparel are addressed.

47 people are talking about this

BLM is now calling for boycott of gym, which the group says should have no space for white supremacists.

Image result for Deputies Arrest Man Who Chanted ‘White Power’ at Black Lives Matter Protest

“24 Hour Fitness bears some responsibility in this,” Abdullah said. “They have a right to refuse service, and so we’re calling on 24 Hour Fitness not to have white supremacists.”

Anyone with information about the suspect can submit an anonymous tip via 800-222-8477 or LACrimeStoppers.org.

Source:  ktla.com

Photo Credit: KTLA

Categories
News
No Comment

Leave a Reply

*

*

RELATED BY