The L.A. County Sheriffs are under fire again after a widely shared video shows officers pointing their guns at three black teens who actually needed their help following several 911 calls reporting an attack.
TMZ reports the incident unfolded on Friday in Santa Clarita, about 35 miles north of L.A.
Video taken by a witness shows deputies rolling up on the scene as several other deputies are already pointing high-powered weapons at the teens, who have their hands up in the air.
Tammi Collins, the mother of one of the teens, says her son and a couple of friends were sitting at a bus stop when a homeless man asked if they had any crack and then tried to steal their possessions.
She says the man became extremely aggressive, ripped his shirt off and pulled a knife on them, and attempted to stab them.
Collins explained that the teens managed to fend off the knife-wielding man with their skateboards.
“I wanted to share what happened to my son yesterday in SCV when he was with a couple of friends sitting at a bus stop headed home,” the Instagram user explained. “He was attacked by a gentleman (homeless guy) who approached them and first asked them if they had any crack then tried to take their things.”
According to the report, the manager of the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings called the cops to get help for the teens.
“It’s not them, it’s the other guy,” bystanders could be heard explaining to an officer who pointed his weapon at the teens.
“I’m the manager here at Buffalo Wild Wings-” the manager explains to the officer before another bystander cuts her off to explain: “They don’t care because they black.”
Others could be heard telling the teens to “keep their hands up.”
Tammi says several 911 calls were placed and all but one claimed the boys were the victims. One caller, she says, told the dispatcher “two black guys were attacking a homeless man.”
“This is how the police responded,” she explained. “This is something my son and his friends will never forget. I’m still wondering how will I ever help my son recover from this traumatic experience. Please pray for my family. Please Share to protect our kids!!!”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told TMZ that they received a call about two adult males hitting another man with a skateboard. The department said the two teens were released and no arrests were made. “The Dept doesn’t know what happened to the homeless man,” TMZ added.
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