Los Angeles to ask state attorney general to investigate why Burbank police ‘abandoned’ homeless man

Los Angeles to ask state attorney general to investigate why Burbank police ‘abandoned’ homeless man

Los Angeles to ask state attorney general to investigate why Burbank police ‘abandoned’ homeless man

The Los Angeles City Council will ask California’s attorney general and city and county prosecutors to investigate why Burbank police officers apparently abandoned a homeless man on a North Hollywood sidewalk.

Surveillance video released earlier this month by City Council President Paul Krekorian shows two officers. leave a man on Lankershim Boulevard near Weddington Street in North Hollywood on June 6. In the images, the officers remove the man’s handcuffs and take him out of their patrol car. He falls to his knees and presses his head against the cement as they walk away.

They dropped him off right outside Krekorian’s office.

Burbank police said officers were trying to help the man and he refused medical treatment when they offered it. Krekorian said some of his staff found the man about seven hours later and he told them that he was homeless and that he had a broken leg.

Burbank police left a man on a sidewalk in North Hollywood, apparently abandoning him. Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian criticized officers’ handling of the man, while the police department said they were trying to help him.

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Nearly three weeks later, on Tuesday, the City Council voted 13-0 to ask the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the California Attorney General to launch investigations into the incident. The motion passed by the council also calls for “the maximum appropriate legal action” against the city of Burbank and its police force.

It also requests that the city of Burbank, as well as its mayor and city council, provide the city of Los Angeles with “their policies on homelessness, homeless relocation, and policy changes that will be made as a result of this incident.” .

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the city of Burbank, Mary Movsesyan, said the city “welcomes any investigation” and was already working on its own “rigorous internal” investigation.

“As video footage does not always reflect the entire situation, the City of Burbank cautions against inflammatory rhetoric and a rush to judgment without the benefit of investigative results,” Movsesyan wrote in the statement.

The day after the incident, Krekorian held a press conference during which he criticized the officers’ treatment of the man, describing their actions as “callous, cruel, inhumane and also fundamentally irresponsible.” He said they left the man “without giving him any help” and “without determining if there was anyone who could provide services to this person.”

“To take someone at this moment of greatest vulnerability, someone seeking medical care, and abandon them, literally abandon them on a sidewalk to fend for themselves. It’s a disgrace,” Krekorian told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Burbank Police Department said officers picked up the man and tried to help him. He was found naked at a bus stop near Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue, outside Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, the department said.

Patricia Aidem, a spokeswoman for Providence Saint Joseph, said the hospital was “aware” of an incident on the morning of June 6.

“It is our understanding that multiple calls were made to police, including one from a hospital security guard seeking help for a person on a city sidewalk who appeared to be in danger,” Aidem wrote in a statement.

According to Burbank police, when officers found the man, they offered him clothes but he said he had his own and got dressed.

“The individual stated that he had a leg injury that he had suffered many years ago, and officers learned that he had voluntarily left the hospital prior to officers’ arrival,” the department said in a statement, saying the man had refused medical attention.

Burbank police said he asked to be taken to a Metro Red Line station in North Hollywood, but along the way he asked to be let out so he could get coffee. But police also said he would launch his own investigation.

“The Burbank Police Department is conducting an in-depth investigation into this incident, including the actions of the police officers involved,” a statement from the department says, adding that investigators will interview witnesses, examine all footage available, including those on the body. cameras and review any other “relevant evidence.”

“The Burbank Police Department remains committed to treating the homeless community with compassion and respect, and thanks Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian for bringing this matter to our attention,” the statement read.

At the time, Krekorian said he wrote a letter to the mayor of Burbank and planned to speak with him. He also said he was contacting local and state officials to see what legal action could be taken.

Burbank Mayor Nick Schultz responded to Krekorian’s concerns with a statement of his own.

“We do not take this concern lightly, as the City of Burbank’s top priority is providing our unhoused residents with the support and resources necessary to transition off the streets to stable and safe living conditions,” the mayor said. of Burbank, Nick Schultz.