INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC)– The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is embroiled in another controversy over the use of force over video showing deputies wrestling a man to the ground in Inglewood.
Activists claim MPs did not have to use such force to gain control of the man and say he was working for a security guard at the time. The sheriff’s department denies this account, describing the man as an armed felon who fought officers.
The incident happened outside a hookah lounge in Inglewood on Sunday.
Cell phone video shows one of the deputies grabbing the 24-year-old’s head and hitting him on the concrete. The man has been identified as Blake Anderson.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke about the video Wednesday amid comments on social media criticizing the department.
“He’s a convicted felon,” Villanueva said. “He was armed and there was a struggle and the use of force is properly investigated as a Category 3 use of force.”
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