The Los Angeles Police Department sent police officers to the home of a Black Lives Matter organizer Wednesday morning over a fraudulent phone call, though organizers say she does not believe the LAPD story.
“I believe what they were trying to do is take away my game. They were trying to scare me out of acting,” activist Melina Abdullah said in a video posted on social media on Wednesday.
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The LAPD received a call claiming three people were being held hostage by a man with a gun in a Los Angeles home, the department said in a press release.
“Once officers were able to verify the safety of residents, the on-site investigation determined the call was a hoax,”; the LAPD said in a statement.
The LAPD is asking anyone with information about the “shift” incident, defined as “a false urgent call for service, generally of a nature that elicits a major police response”, to come up with information. The LAPD Major Crimes Division will investigate.
“Dozens of policemen, LAPDs and others, showed up at my house this morning, withdrawing weapons, withdrawing assault rifles, really terrorizing me and my children. We are fine,” Abdullah said on Wednesday.
“I never believe the words of the police,” she continued. “You shouldn’t either.”
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Abdullah lived in light of the incident on Instagram Wednesday morning, CBS Los Angeles reported.
The Los Angeles chapter Abdullah’s Foreign Affairs has called for the ouster of District Attorney Jackie Lacey, saying she failed to prosecute police officers who were involved in fatal shootings during her tenure.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Herb Wesson said anyone who made the fraudulent call should be held “accountable.”
“While she is known to all of you as an activist with BLMLA, [Abdullah] “She is a mother of three and to place her family through this is unacceptable, no matter where your policy may be,” Wesson wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
The LAPD declined to comment beyond Wednesday’s press release.
Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.