A group of demonstrators showed up at a Los Angeles hospital and hurled insults and invective directed at two sheriff’s deputies who were being treated after an ambush Fox News reported.
The two deputies, a 24-year-old male and a 31-year-old mother of one, were being treated for life-threatening wounds after being shot while in their vehicle on Saturday evening. Both deputies had been sworn in last year. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported the incident in a tweet. “Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff Deputies were shot in Compton and were transported to a local hospital,” the tweet read. “They are both still fighting for their lives, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
The protesters blocked the entrance to the hospital and disrupted ambulance access to the facility. The LA County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a notice to those causing the disturbance. ‘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,’ the tweet said, as reported by the Daily Mail (UK).
A local clergyman present at the hospital described the protesters to a local television reporter. “They were saying ‘Death to the police’ and ‘Kill the police,’ and these are sheriffs, but the message is still the same. They were using all types of curse words and derogatory terms,” he said. “Unacceptable behavior, because a hospital should be a sanctuary.”
Video of the incident was posted online. In the video, some of the protesters can be heard yelling at local law enforcement. “Y’all gonna die one by one. This ain’t gonna stop,” said one unidentified man. “I want to deliver a message to the family of the [inaudible]: I hope they f—— die,” another man yelled.
Two people, one man and one woman, were arrested at the hospital. They were both members of the press, but the woman did not identify herself as such and was not able to produce any proper press credentials.
President Trump weighed in on the original ambush of the deputies. ‘If they die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!’ the president tweeted. He also referred to those who attack the police as, “Animals that must be hit hard!”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said of the ambush, “That was a cowardly act. The two deputies were doing their job, minding their own business, watching out for the safety of the people on the train. Seeing somebody just walk up and start shooting on them. It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time. There’s no pretty way to say it.”
The Daily Mail reported that the shooter was still at large and that police have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Police gave a general description of the man. “The suspect is described as a male Black 28-30 years-old, wearing dark clothing,” a police statement said.