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Los Angeles City Council Calls for Investigation into Burbank Police’s Alleged Dumping of Homeless People – Daily News

Los Angeles City Council Calls for Investigation into Burbank Police’s Alleged Dumping of Homeless People – Daily News

Los Angeles City Council Calls for Investigation into Burbank Police’s Alleged Dumping of Homeless People – Daily News

Video shows Burbank police officers dropping off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian’s North Hollywood district office and leaving him there. Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian held a press conference at City Hall to discuss the incident. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Los Angeles City Council is calling for investigations and a response from Burbank city officials into an incident in which two Burbank police officers were caught on camera dropping off a homeless person in front of the president’s district office of the Los Angeles City Council, Paul Krekorian, and then they left.

Krekorian later described the man, who was dropped off outside his North Hollywood office, as distraught.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 on Tuesday, June 25, to ask City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón and California Attorney General Rob Bonta to investigate the incident “and take action.” maximum appropriate legal action against the City of Burbank and the Burbank Police Department.”

When Krekorian introduced the council motion earlier this month, he declined to say whether he believed the Burbank officers had committed a crime, but said at the time that “as a human being, I was outraged” by the incident.

The June 6 incident was captured on a surveillance camera.

The roughly one-minute video that Krekorian’s office released the next day showed a Burbank police vehicle stopping in front of the building where Krekorian’s district office is located. Two officers got out, one opened the back seat door to let a man out and the other officer removed what appeared to be hand straps.

As the Burbank officers left, the man, who Krekorian said appeared to be suffering a mental health crisis, dropped to his knees and rested his head on the sidewalk. He stood there for several seconds and then the video ended.

The man eventually left the area and was later found on the street by one of Krekorian’s staff members. He was taken to a hospital.

The council president has criticized Burbank police officers, accusing them of “leaving” a distraught homeless person on the street. He called the officers’ actions “callous, cruel (and) inhumane.”

The city of Burbank issued a statement after Tuesday’s vote in the Los Angeles City Council, saying it “welcomes any investigation and is in the process of conducting its own rigorous internal investigation.”

“As video footage does not always convey the entire situation, the City of Burbank cautions against inflammatory rhetoric and a rush to judgment without the benefit of investigative findings,” the statement said.

Burbank Police Sgt. Stephen Turner on Tuesday referred the Los Angeles Daily News to a statement the department issued on June 7, a day after the incident.

That statement said officers responded to a call on June 6 about a naked man at a bus stop outside Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

The man, who put his clothes on when police arrived, told officers he was homeless and had been taken to the hospital from the “Sunland/Tujunga area.”

According to Burbank police, the man said he had suffered a leg injury years ago, but refused medical treatment. The police department said he asked to be taken to the Sunland/Tujunga area, but then agreed to be taken to the North Hollywood Red Line subway station.

On the way, the man asked to be let out of the police car to have a coffee. Officers immediately let him out in the 5200 block of Lankershim Boulevard, the police department said. The office of Los Angeles Council President Krekorian is also located there.

The department said it would conduct an in-depth investigation into the incident.

Turner said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and it is unknown when it will be completed.

In addition to calling for investigations, the motion the Los Angeles City Council passed Tuesday called on Burbank city officials, including the mayor and city council members, to respond to the incident. They asked for information on Burbank’s current policies on relocating homeless people and any policy changes that may arise as a result of this incident.