Police in LA County have come under fire after they were filmed turning their guns on three black teenagers they had been called to protect after they were reportedly attacked by a knife-wielding homeless man.
The incident unfolded on Friday afternoon in Santa Clarita, around 35 miles north of LA. One of the boy’s mothers, Tammi Collins, uploaded footage of the exchange to social media to decry the actions of the LA County Sheriff’s Office.
In the clip, a number of deputies are seeing aiming high-powered weapons at the teen boys, who are all unarmed with their hands in the air.
According to Collins, her son and two friends had been sitting at a bus stop moments earlier when they were approached by a homeless man, who asked them ‘if they had any crack’, before trying to steal some of their belongings.
As her son recounted to her, the concerned mother said the homeless man reportedly became increasingly hostile to the three boys, before ripping his shirt off, pulling out a knife and attempting to stab them.
In the clip, a number of deputies are seeing aiming high-powered weapons at the three teen boys, who are all unarmed with their hands in the air
Collins said that two of the boys were carrying skateboards with them at the time, and used the boards to block the man’s attempts to stab them.
A number of bystanders, including the manager of a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings chain, raced to call 911 to summon help for the boys.
However, according to Collins, one bystander who misunderstood the scene called police and told them that ‘two black guys are attacking a homeless guy’, she said.
In a statement, Lt. Ethan Marquez with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station confirmed that police received ‘a call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon,’ - specifically that two males were striking another man with a skateboard.
A number of officers attended the call, training their guns on the boys who were still stood at the bus stop.
‘This is how the police responded,’ Collins wrote. ‘This is something my son and his friends will never forget. I’m still wonder[ing] how will I ever help my son recover from this traumatic experience.’
Two minutes into the clip, one of the three teens is seen getting down onto his knees in the middle of the road and is handcuffed by an officer
‘This is how the police responded,’ Mom Tammi Collins (left) wrote. ‘This is something my son and his friends will never forget. I’m still wonder[ing] how will I ever help my son recover from this traumatic