Firefighters would see homeless man kicking and beating at LA fire station – NBC Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating a videotaped incident in which firefighters at a fire station in Silver Lake beat and forcibly remove a passerby who allegedly tried to break into the facility.

“The department launched an internal investigation. At the same time, the Los Angeles Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation,” Cheryl Getuiza, LAFD’s director of public affairs, told City News Service on Saturday. “Until the investigations were completed, the members involved were given administrative tasks.”

She confirmed that the fire service had filed a restraining order against the person featured in that video.

The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. Friday at Fire Station 6, at 326 N. Virgil Ave. The video shows three firefighters forcibly removing the man from the station grounds, punching and kicking him as they remove him from the grounds.

The man featured in the video was taken into custody and placed in a 5150 holding facility, LAPD officer Norma Eisenman told City News Service. As a result, an adult experiencing a mental health crisis could be involuntarily detained for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation and treatment if they are believed to pose a danger to themselves or others.

“They have had encounters with this person before,” Eisenman said.

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