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A Democrat member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors suggested during a Black Lives Matter forum that the county’s police officers, sheriffs and prosecutors are all white supremacists.
Holly Mitchell, a former California state senator, made the remarks during a forum live-streamed on the “Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles” Facebook page last Saturday.
The topic of the forum was “attacks” by sheriffs on the family members of criminal suspects killed during police encounters.
“We titled this ‘Stop the Sheriff’s Attacks,’ and that’s because after these families experience the horrific loss of their loved ones, there has been so much sheriff mistreatment, relationship and harassment, and we thought it was very important for the families to voice that,” BLM activist Paula Minor said during the forum.
To hear left-wing activists like Minor, LA County police have been gunning down black suspects indiscriminately and then “attacking” the families of these suspects when they “protest” on behalf of their deceased loved ones.
Mitchell, a Democrat, seemed to buy this narrative hook, line and sinker.
“Law enforcement and the District Attorneys Association and the Sheriffs’ Association … when you look at who represents them in Sacramento, is clearly such white supremacist organizations,” she said.
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Stop LA Sheriff Attacks: Family Forum
Posted by Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles on Saturday, March 27, 2021
After introducing themselves, the ladies then invited several families to speak, including the family of Ryan Twyman, a black suspect who was fatally shot while fleeing in his vehicle as two armed sheriff’s deputies tried to apprehend him in 2019.
As seen in the KTLA video footage shown below, in trying to flee, he hit one of the deputies, spurring both deputies to open fire.
Also in attendance at the BLM forum was the family of Dijon Kizzee, a black suspect who was fatally shot last year when he attacked officers for trying to speak with him.
“Sheriff’s officials said Kizzee was riding a bicycle in the area and deputies stopped him for an unspecified vehicle code violation. After he was stopped, Kizzee allegedly tried to run away, according to the sheriff’s department,” LA station WABC reported at the time.
“Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face and dropped items in his hands,” Lt. Brandon Dean told the station.
Bundled in the clothing was a semiautomatic handgun that he then “made a motion toward,” according to Dean, prompting officers to open fire.
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It seems like in almost every case, the now-deceased suspect reacted in violent, irrational ways that provoked the officers into firing in apparent self-defense.
After Kizzee’s shooting last year, violent riots erupted in South Los Angeles, prompting a heavy police response.
“For the second straight night Monday, violence broke out between dozens of people protesting the shooting death of Dijon Kizzee and deputies outside the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station,” LA station KCBS reported at the time.
“With deputies stationed behind barricades, the demonstration in the 1300 block of West Imperial Highway was mostly peaceful until items such as rocks, mortars and bottles began to be thrown, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies then used non-lethal weapons to disperse the crowd,” the report continued.
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It’s not clear whether this sort of reasonable pushback by the authorities is what was meant by “attacks” by sheriffs.
What’s known is that there have been some documented cases of Los Angeles officers allegedly roughing up left-wing activists.
In a piece titled “The Pervasive Violence Of The LA County Sheriff’s Department,” for instance, The Appeal, a news portal for left-wing activists, documented one case that emerged during the George Floyd riots last summer.
“On the night of June 3, Mari Drake was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for breaking a countywide curfew in order to protest police violence toward Black people. For several hours, she sat in a sheriff’s wagon with 40 other women, ziptied and unable to move. People sang songs to pass the time,” the outlet reported last September.
“[W]hen she was finally led off the wagon a little before 4 a.m., a female deputy started searching her aggressively, reaching her hand into her underwear. Drake asked her why. The deputy responded with shocking force, Drake said. She dragged Drake toward the wagon, throwing her up against its metal side as several other deputies joined her. Then, they pushed Drake to the ground, grinding her face into the concrete.”
When she complained about the behavior, the officers allegedly told her to “calm down” and that she was just being dramatic. They also accused her of having essentially thrown herself to the ground.
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