Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Monday said he was “concerned” about an encounter recorded on cell phone video last week showing delegates detaining black youth, according to Their lawyer, was attacked by a man with a knife.
Attorney Robert Brown said bystanders called authorities after three teenagers, at least two of them Black, were harassed and assaulted by the man.
Brown said in a statement: “After being attacked with a knife, a few minutes later, they saw many policemen pointing guns at them. “So two life-and-death situations in just a few minutes.”;
In a brief statement on the department’s Facebook page, Villanueva said that investigators were reviewing the incident, which occurred on Friday near Buffalo Wild Wings in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles.
“A request to be received is a felony attack, and the delegates detained those allegedly involved,” he said. Villanueva added that he has “concerns about the tactics used” in a video of the encounter posted on Instagram.
The video showed two seemingly withdrawing officers standing outside a cruiser. The third emerged from an SUV with a rifle and pointed at the teenagers, who were eventually captured.
No one seen in the video has been publicly identified.
A sheriff’s office spokesman declined to say whether the teenagers would be arrested.
In the video, a woman who claims to be the manager of Buffalo Wild Wings tells officers she called 911 to warn officers about a Hispanic man “is chasing three Americans. Africa by skateboard ”.
“I told your sergeant who the problem was and what’s going on and letting you act this way is ridiculous,” the woman said.
A spokesman for Buffalo Wild Wings’ parent company, Inspire Brands, said the woman did not comment but confirmed she was a manager at the chain’s Santa Clarita restaurant.
In the video, a deputy minister says he’s “pretty sure” an officer from the same Hispanic man. “Everyone’s been detained,” he said.
Another deputy said on video that the officers are on another call for service.
“Someone had skateboarded,” he said. “These three gentlemen have been described in the call.”
Brown, the lawyer, said he wasn’t sure what happened to the man holding the knife. He added that the teenagers did nothing wrong.
“The young men were terrified to see the officers point their guns at them,” he said and added, “What a trauma.