Cops detain the Victims Upon Arrival

In Santa Clarita Valley, a homeless man approached three teens at a bus stop, two of them Black, and asked for cocaine.

The teens did not have cocaine, and then the man attempted to attack them with a knife. Two of the teens held out their skateboards to protect themselves.

Bystanders called the police, but when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene, two deputies pointed guns at the teens, told them to walk backwards toward them with hands in the air, and cuffed the teens.

Bystanders yelled out that they’d called the cops to protect the teens, not arrest them.

Another deputy replied that they were on another call for a service where someone was hit with a skateboard and described the teems.

The teens were held in the squad car for about 30 minutes and after questioning, released with no charges. The homeless man who attacked the teens have not been located.

The Mayor of Santa Clarita voiced concerns and replied that investigation would be taken to determine whether race was an issue in the deputies’ handling of the situation, confirmed the removal of AR-15 rifle, and promised to take any necessary actions.

The teens’ lawyer, Mr. Brown commented, “If those young men had not maintained their poise… they could have potentially been shot or seriously injured or killed.”

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