A man was caught on video reacting to the news that two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded in an ambush. His reaction at the scene is causing controversy. You can watch the video below, but be aware that it’s disturbing.
Other videos are also causing controversy on social media. In some videos, Black Lives Matter protesters were seen blocking the entrance to the hospital emergency room where the two deputies were taken after being shot in the head in their squad car on September 12, 2020. You can watch those videos later in this article.
Here’s the video of the man whose reaction seemed too excited or gleeful to some. The woman who shared it on Twitter called it “Reprehensible witness reaction video of the 2 officers being shot point blank.” However, another man countered, “All the dude is saying is, oh sh**. Just expressing shock at the situation.” One person thought he sounded like he was reacting to the officer shootings with “glee.” Another woman wrote, “Me thinks BLM and their supporters have a new marketing problem on their hands, as they should. To dismiss the glee in this man’s response while purporting police to be fundamentally racist does not compute, and the rest of out here know it.”
The actor James Woods wrote on Twitter, “Here’s the reaction of an eyewitness to the ambush of two Deputies shot in the head in #Compton. The victims are in the background. No one is going to help them. Vote like your life depends on it. #BlueLivesMatter.”
In the other videos, protesters oinked, shouted “we hope they die,” used the “F” word at officers and promised they would die one by one. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department took to Twitter to implore people to stop blocking the hospital emergency room’s exit and entrance. The department wrote on Twitter on Sept. 13, 2020: “To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling ‘We hope they die’ referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL. People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”
After deputies issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits, a male adult protester refused to comply & cooperate. During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest. The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person. Both individuals have been arrested for 148 P.C.
The suspect has not yet been identified.
The Officers Were Ambushed, Video Shows
The Sheriff’s Department earlier released video showing the suspect shooting into the squad car. You can watch that video above.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter:
“…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…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.”
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter of the Compton shooting, “Animals that must be hit hard!”
Videos Show BLM Protesters at the Hospital
Video showed people trying to “breach” the hospital’s emergency room. In one video, a man tells the officers guarding it that they will die “one by one.”
In another video, protesters made “oink” sounds. “F*ck the police. F*ck you all,” says one.
The name of the witness in the first video is not clear.