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UPDATE: Video Of Santa Clarita Deputies Leads To Use Of Force Investigation

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A screenshot of the video involving Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies.

A video showing two deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detaining a man on Tuesday has led to a use of force investigation.

The incident occurred on March 30, at about 6:20 p.m. on the 17700 block of Danielson Street near Jakes Way in Canyon Country, said SCV Sheriff’s Station officials in a statement.

As deputies neared the location, they encountered a man walking with a package. The man told deputies the package did not belong to him, according to investigators.

“Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station is aware of a video circulating on social media,” said station officials. “A use of force investigation is currently ongoing.”

It was later determined, the man was wanted in connection with a robbery of a U.S. Postal carrier approximately one hour earlier, in which a handgun was simulated, according to station officials.

The postal carrier positively identified the suspect, according to investigators.

The deputies attempted to detain the man regarding a theft investigation. The man became uncooperative and the use of force occurred.

“Tell him to stop, tell him to stop, I need him to stop. He can’t breathe,” said a woman in the viral video, who wished to not be identified.

The video shows two Santa Clarita deputies detaining a man, with one using a neck hold.

Last year, in response to the death of George Floyd, Sheriff Alex Villanueva banned the department’s use of certain holds, including carotid restraints, except in deadly force situations.

One person received medical care in response to the incident, according to a dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The deputies and suspect received moderate injuries but did not require hospitalization. After the suspect was medically cleared, he was booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for robbery and assault on a peace officer, according to the statement.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Witnesses of the incident are encouraged to call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661) 255-1121.

Note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station released Wednesday morning.

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Callit Likitis

    March 31, 2021 at 6:15 am

    This article is beyond misleading and you are fully aware of it.
    The overly dramatic girls taking the video have no idea what is going on and you know it? They are not professionals. They are not law enforcement.
    Shame on you for perpetuating the continued brainwashing of the American people just to get “likes” and ratings.

    • Mojo

      April 1, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      Look if reseating what are the police supposed to do let him go and give him a high-five. Not every criminal is a victim.

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  16. Marlon

    March 31, 2021 at 11:12 am

    If this black man was white would those white officers try to use him as a punching bag ?
    No!!

    • Clay

      April 4, 2021 at 9:09 am

      That statement is too ignorant to respond to…

  17. Jeff M

    March 31, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    How many times do police need to be told not to use choke-holds?

  18. Kindell

    April 1, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Well, the police may be correct in this case but there are so many cases where the force used is totally unnecessary. So the ladies might have not knew the whole case but thank goodness someone’s out there keeping an eye on policing. Obviously they don’t police themselves.

  19. Sean Kelly

    April 1, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    The funny this is these overdramatic girls calling the Sheriffs on the Sheriffs. The stupidity. And try holding your phone steady. Got a great view of your dashboard and stereo.

  20. Bill M.

    April 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    White man would have stopped and listened to the deputies (not officers). But the black man always wants to raise a stink.

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  24. robert

    April 6, 2021 at 7:39 am

    well it is not like they pointed automatic weapons at tenagers that were doing anything wrong.

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Man In Bear Suit Walking From L.A. To San Francisco To Raise Money For Nonprofits

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Photo Courtesy of @IamBearsun / Instagram

A man in a bear suit passed through the Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday on his 380-mile journey, walking from Los Angeles to San Francisco to raise money for nonprofits. 

Jessy Larios, known as Bearsun, left the Little Tokyo neighborhood of L.A. on April 12 and his documenting the trek on Instagram. 

Some members of the Castaic community took to social media to figure out why a person in a bear suit was walking along The Old Road early Tuesday morning. 

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station also encountered the “bear-y unique situation.”

“You may have seen a large teddy bear walking through town, yes a large teddy bear… walking,” said SCV Sheriff’s Station officials. “One of our deputies got the opportunity to meet up with the individual inside the bear and learned he is on a mission to complete a walk from Los Angeles to San Francisco. We wish him the best of luck on his adventure.”

Larios is working to get more sponsors and donations to help fund the Bearsun project, raising money to donate to any selected nonprofit, he said. 

The goal is to complete the cross-state trip on foot in under a week, camping outdoors the entire time. 

“I’ll have a photographer meet me at five pinpoints to take pics, do video documents so we can share as much as the experience with you,” Larios said. 

To track Bearsun’s journey visit the Instagram page here, and to donate visit his website.

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Second Tiny Home Village For Those Experiencing Homelessness To Open In North Hollywood

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The tiny home village on Chandler Boulevard which opened on Feb. 1. Devon Miller / The Valley Post

The second tiny home village for those experiencing homelessness is set to open in North Hollywood, after the opening of the first in February. 

On April 26, the nonprofit Hope of the Valley is opening a tiny home community near Alexandria Park, consisting of 103 units and 200 beds. 

Ken Craft, CEO of Hope of the Valley, is seeking support ahead of the opening, requesting new bed sheets, towels and other items to furnish the tiny homes. 

“In order to get the site ready, we need 200 sheets, 200 pillows, 200 blankets, 400 storage bins and 200 towels,” Kraft said. “In advance, thank you for being a community member that cares and gives. We cannot do what we do without you.”

Each tiny home is equipped with heating, air conditioning, windows and at least one bed. The village offers another option for families and couples who are typically separated into separate housing areas.

The first tiny home village on Chandler Street, with 40 homes and 75 beds, opened on Feb. 1, with the assistance of L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian. 

“I believe in this model, this will be a viable, sustainable for many people who are coming off the street,” Kraft said in a previous story

The units also allow for privacy, which is important for those who have experienced trauma in their lives, allowing them to feel safe, secure and to start the rebuilding process, he said.

“It creates an alternative,” Kraft said. “This site allows for separation, especially during COVID. It allows for couples and families to be together. For example, a mother with a special needs son is able to still care for them. In a congregate setting, that may not be possible.”

Hope of the Valley, founded in the summer of 2009, operates nine shelters, two access centers and a job center. The nonprofit currently provides 507 beds per night at various shelters throughout the San Fernando Valley housing single adults, families and transitional age youth.  

The number of beds is expected to increase throughout the upcoming year, Kraft said. 

In addition to the tiny home village on Chandler, Hope of the Valley plans on opening five shelters in 2021, in addition to the former Skateland location in Northridge which is expected to be transformed into a 110-bed facility. 

The new shelters are expected to double the number of beds in the San Fernando Valley to about 1,100 beds in one year. 

“Once you come here, you can finally breathe,” he said. “You can think beyond today, and anticipate tomorrow. Coming to a place like this, it’s a new lease on life, it is where hope begins.”

The nonprofit also offers wrap-around services including case management, job placement, housing navigators, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, among others.

In 2020, the homeless population in the San Fernando Valley and across Los Angeles County has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Craft said their shelters have had to reduce their housing capacity to 70% in order to comply with the new health regulations made necessary by the pandemic.

The organization’s manpower has also been affected, as shelters across the county have been forced to suspend their volunteer programs due to the current surge in cases.

Hope of the Valley operates Thrift Stores throughout the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Simi Valley.

The nonprofit relies heavily on donations and contributions from the community in order to operate. Those looking to donate, visit Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

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‘Go Kings Go, Go Cube Go:’ Santa Clarita Celebrates Opening The Cube Ice Center

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Decked out in jerseys, Santa Clarita City Council members and the community celebrated the opening of The Cube Ice and Entertainment Center Monday morning. 

Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings president and hall of fame player, joined Mayor Bill Miranda to recognize the culmination of the grassroots movement in Santa Clarita to save the ice rink. 

“We wouldn’t be here without the passion, the commitment and the grassroots movement of all the people here and more beyond here that said: ‘We can’t let this Ice Station go away,” Miranda explained. 

The mayor added thousands of people contacted the City Council to save the center, which is the second most-used facility in the Santa Clarita Valley, more than the community center, parks or libraries. 

Since taking over the facility, the City has made a number of improvements, including rebranding and improvements to the ice. 

Robitaille presented Miranda with a signed Kings jersey with “Santa Clarita” proudly presented on the back. 

“Thank you so much for saving this building,” Robitaille said. “Everybody that comes in this facility is going to have a great experience.”

The former hall of famer spoke to the young members of the crowd at the ceremony saying “this is for you,” adding some of them might become future professional hockey players or Olympic figure skaters. 

Other members of the Kings organization joined the ceremony virtually via a video on the screen outside the building including play-by-play announcers Alex Faust and Nick Nickson. 

Robitaille joined members of the City Council and City staff for the ceremonial first shot to officially open The Cube.

Once the facility was opened, dozens of young players from across the Santa Clarita Valley enjoyed the ice for the first time in over a year. 

See Related: City Council Approves Agreement With L.A. Kings For Santa Clarita Ice Center

The Valencia Ice Station closed on March 25 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the former operators said. 

In response to the groundswell of community support to “save the rink” the City Council approved the acquisition of the facility in August of 2020.

The council then unanimously voted in February to award a five-year contract to the L.A. Kings, along with American Sports Entertainment Centers (ASEC) which operate 23 sports facilities across the country, according to the City of Santa Clarita.

Larry Bruyere, who managed the former Ice Station, is returning to the facility after working at the former Ice Station and bringing a “hometown feel” to the upgraded complex. 

“There was a lot that needed to be done, but they seem to be tackling everything head-on,”  Bruyere said in a previous story. “I am excited to see the transformation.”

In addition to sports, the facility is also an event and entertainment space as well.

Banquets, mixers, conventions, concerts, charity galas, sporting competitions and more can take place on covered ice, said City officials.

For more information on The Cube Ice and Entertainment Center, visit here

The Cube Santa Clarita Ice Rink
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