Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti condemned the protesters who police say were blocking the emergency entrance and exits to a hospital where two sheriff’s deputies are being treated after being shot in an ambush attack.
Garcetti, a Democrat, told CNN that it was “abhorrent” behavior by the protesters, who chanted, “We hope they die,” Saturday night, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“There’s no place in civilized society for anybody to draw an arm and to shoot our law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line. And I won’t ever let a couple voices that not only are uncalled for, but it’s abhorrent to say something like that when we have two deputies, who are sheriff’s deputies, in grave condition,” Garcetti said during a Sunday morning appearance on NBC News’s Meet the Press.
“My offers and my thoughts are not just with those two deputies, but with their families and everybody in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office that’s hanging on. Of course, there’s an important conversation going on about policing in this country, but these are folks who put their lives on the line for us. And we will find justice for them. And I pray for their recovery. Americans are united about that, that this is a country in which that sort of behavior is unacceptable, abhorrent, and we do pray that these folks will recover,” he added.
A male and female deputy were “ambushed” in an unprovoked shooting on Saturday night in Compton, California, according to police. Video from the scene shows the suspect walk up to a parked squad car and fire shots before running from the scene. Both deputies were seriously injured and in critical condition after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. The deputies were taken into surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California.
The LASD has not released the names of the injured deputies but described the injured parties as a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy.
Update: One male deputy and one female deputy were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle. Both sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition. They are both currently undergoing surgery. The suspect is still at large.
Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital. They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We will update this thread with information as it becomes available.
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Officers declared the protest outside the hospital to be an unlawful gathering as the demonstrators blocked access for ambulances to the facility. At least two protesters were arrested as officers tried to clear the area and disperse the crowd. The suspect from the shooting was still at large as of Saturday night.
Author : Madison Dibble
Source : Washington Examiner : Unacceptable’: LA mayor condemns protesters blocking hospital where two ambushed deputies are being treated