Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that he has “concerns” about a meeting captured on cell phone video last week showing lawmakers arrested at Black Teen guns who, according to their lawyer, were attacked by a man with a knife.
Attorney Robert Brown said passersby called authorities after three teens, at least two of whom are Black, were harassed and assaulted by the man.
“After being stabbed, a few minutes later, they tried numerous police officers pointing guns at them,” Brown said in a statement. “So two life and death situations within minutes.”;
In a brief statement on the department’s Facebook page, Villanueva said investigators are looking into the incident, which occurred Friday near a Wings Wild Buffalo in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles.
“A call for service was accepted as an attack on a criminal, and MPs arrested those suspected of being involved,” he said. Villanueva added that he has “concerns about the tactics used” in a video of the meeting posted on Instagram.
The video shows two officers who appear to have pulled out their weapons while standing outside a Croatia. A third comes out of an SUV with a rifle and shows it to the teens, who are eventually taken into custody.
No one seen in the video has been publicly identified.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office declined to say whether the teens were arrested.
In the video, a woman who identifies herself as the manager of the Buffalo Wild Wings tells officers that she called 911 to notify officers of a Hispanic man “following three African-Americans on a skateboard.”
“I told your sergeant who the problem was and what was going on and to act that way is ridiculous,” the woman says.
A spokesman for Buffalo Wild Wings’ parent company, Inspire Brands, said the woman was not available for comment but confirmed she is a manager at the Santa Clarita chain restaurant.
In the video, an MP says he was “pretty safe” an officer was also with the Hispanic husband. “Everyone is banned,” he said.
Another MP says in the video that the officers are on another call for service.
“Someone was hit with a skateboard,” he says. “These three gentlemen were described in the call.”
Brown, the lawyer, said he was not sure what happened to the man with the knife. He added that the teenagers did nothing wrong.
“The young people were very scared when they saw officers pointing guns at them,” he said, adding, “It was traumatic.”