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As Two ‘Ambushed’ L.A. Police Officers Fight For Their Lives, Protesters Scream ‘We Hope They Die’

As Two ‘Ambushed’ L.A. Police Officers Fight For Their Lives, Protesters Scream ‘We Hope They Die’

After a gunman opened fire on two Los Angeles County deputies Saturday night, protesters gathered to express hate for the police outside the hospital where the two “ambushed” officers still lie with life-threatening injuries. Police say they had to clear the protesters from blocking ambulances from bringing sick people into the hospital.

Videos from reporters on the ground show the protestors yelling at the police outside of St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, calling cops “pigs,” screaming “f-ck the police,” and “we hope they die.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs pleaded with the public on Twitter to cease the protests, saying that they were “blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM.”

“DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES AND EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” the sheriffs’ office tweeted. “People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”

A male protestor and female National Public Radio reporter for Los Angeles were arrested at the protest and charged with violating California penal code 148, which prohibits anyone from stopping a “public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical technician” from performing their assigned duties. The violation of the penal code is punishable with up to a $1,000 fine or up to one year in the county jail.

The reporter, later identified as Josie Huang, announced her release from jail on Sunday morning, claiming that she will update the public on her view of Saturday night’s events soon.

The Saturday shooting, depicted in a video released by the L.A. County Sheriffs, shows the suspect walking up to the police vehicle and shooting into it “without warning or provocation.”

According to the sheriffs’ department, the suspect is still at large.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva gave a press conference about the 31-year-old female and 24-year-old male deputies on Saturday night. He said both had successfully emerged from emergency surgery but remained in critical condition. Villanueva emphasized that this shooting is “a somber reminder that [policing] is a dangerous job.”

‘This is a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions, words have consequences and our jobs don’t get easier because people don’t like law enforcement,” he said.

President Trump responded to the shooting on Twitter, retweeting the sheriffs’ office updates and calling for the death penalty for the suspect if the officers do not survive.

Published at Sun, 13 Sep 2020 20:00:26 +0000