A woman was taken into custody after showing up with a knife at a news conference during which a Los Angeles councilman was discussing the city’s homelessness crisis and putting forward plans to make people feel safe again.
The incident took place on Monday, as reported by Fox News.
What are the details?
A Los Angeles Police Department Captain was hurt by the knife while assisting City Councilman and mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino’s security team. The woman was eventually detained and LAPD Officer Lizeth Lomeli stated that the injury sustained by the captain was minor.
The woman holding the knife was not immediately identified. She told the officers that the knife had just fallen out of her pocket and that she had it with her only to protect herself.
While it was not clear what had occurred when the woman was detained, the LAPD stated that she had been taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
“I am grateful for my safety, the safety of the public, and the quick action of the Los Angeles Police Department. This is exactly why I was in Venice Beach today, charting a new course for our city, and I am convinced now, more than ever, that bold action is needed to make our city safer for everyone, regardless of housing status,” Buscaino pointed out in a statement published today.
The 46-year-old former police officer, who represents the 15th Council District, is determined to focus his campaign on improving the quality of life, public safety and addressing homelessness.
“Our city has devolved into a place where chaos is common ... people tell me every day that they no longer feel safe in our city. Homelessness makes our city less safe for everyone,” Buscaino said, as Fox News reported.
Buscaino’s plan for a safer Los Angeles includes:
- connecting people who experience homelessness with temporary housing options,
- building more housing, and
- enforcing a ban on encampments on beaches, sidewalks, and in parks.
“For those who refuse to go into shelters or permanent housing, we must engage every measure available in order to get them off the streets and if that means using law enforcement, I support it. Any person who asks for help, whether from an outreach worker, a librarian, or a police officer, will be offered temporary housing and a way to get there,” the Los Angeles mayoral candidate concluded.