Protesters have allegedly blocked the entrance to an emergency room at a Los Angeles hospital where two police officers are being treated for gunshot wounds after an “ambush”, the sheriff’s office has claimed.
Two deputies suffered multiple gunshot wounds in what appears to have been an unprovoked, close-range attack on their patrol car in Compton on Saturday night.
The shooting has sparked a manhunt for the culprit, a furious reaction from many across the nation, including Donald Trump, and has seen a small group of protesters gather outside the hospital.
“To the protesters blocking the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die” referring to 2 LA Sheriff’s ambushed today in #Compton: DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ENTRIES & EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL,” tweeted LA County Sheriff’s department.
“People’s lives are at stake when ambulances can’t get through.”
The sheriff’s department said shortly afterwards that it had issued a “dispersal order for the unlawful assembly of a group of protesters blocking the hospital emergency entrance & exits”.
They arrested a man who allegedly “refused to comply and cooperate” and a member of the press who police claimed “interfered with” their arrest of the protestor.
“During his arrest, a struggle ensued at which time a female adult ran towards the deputies, ignored repeated commands to stay back as they struggled with the male and interfered with the arrest,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.
“The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person.”