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Venice Early Morning Fire And LAPD Confused

Filmed on Friday 2/11/22 by Cop Watch Venice

"I spotted a fire on Windward Ave next to an elderly homeless guy I know who has dementia or something around 4:30 am. He cant talk, so he couldn't tell me if it was his to stay warm or someone started it passing by, but it was really close to the highly flammable street dining set up that the city illegally allows in the street, so I decided to put it out before the neighborhood burned down. The city refuses to help people like this and let them suffer and die on the street intentionally. LAPD and private security drove by and supposedly didn't see it. There was a lot of smoke which I smelled a few blocks away and tracked it down, they literally drove by as I was there. I have seen this guy everyday for at least a year and he has never had a fire previously. I believe someone tossed a cigarette or something on his blankets he had on the planter. There's a group of rich people currently threatening the city with litigation if this type of thing happens, rather than forcing them to live up to their responsibilities, they just threaten frivolous lawsuits and demand the current situation continue by asking for the wrong solution. Seemed very suspicious to me. LAPD refuses all arson investigations if it is against a homeless person, so I didn't bother. He also could have tossed a cigarette in there himself and it caught his blanket on fire.

Then the park rangers were back with sanitation for the weekly Venice boardwalk homeless clean up. Sanitation was out all night and harassed select people again, but didn't clean anything. The morning shift was no different. Because homelessness is not illegal while the city refuses to provide shelter, only thing they could do was move people 5 feet and pretend to sweep.

Later I ran into a LAPD detainment with one man claiming another was trying to sell kids drugs, and the guy claiming the other stole his cellphone. There was no cellphone in possession and LAPD refused to search the other guy for drugs, so they let everyone go."

Cop Watch Venice follows LAPD pacific division on world famous Venice beach, showing a point-of-view style cop watch and update on Venice's current conditions. We make edited shorts, full scenes and are working on a documentary about homelessness and city failures. Donate to Cop Watch Venice via Cop Watch Venice Paypal

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