VIDEO: Post of woman’s arrest sparks anger, but LAPD says she was involved in violent plot
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A viral video of several Los Angeles police officers training their firearms on an unarmed woman drew fierce criticism online Monday, but police and prosecutors said Tuesday that the footage actually depicted the arrest of one of three people involved in a violent plot to hold an actor for ransom.
The video, taken early Monday near La Cienega Boulevard and Centinela Avenue, shows several police officers aiming their guns at a woman who has her hands in the air. As the woman walks backward toward the officers to surrender, the person filming the video can be heard questioning the large-scale police response.
“Five guns pointed at this woman, at this unarmed, black woman,” the person behind the camera says.
The article goes on to state the following:
The video, which had been viewed nearly 2 million times on Twitter as of Tuesday morning, depicted the arrest of a woman who was the subject of a felony kidnapping warrant, said Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that the woman was one of three people involved in a kidnapping and ransom plot that involved an actor being stripped naked and starved for more than a day.
The woman, identified as Amber Neal, 25, has been indicted along with Keith Andre Stewart and Johntae Jones in a plot to kidnap and extort an actor and actress in Compton earlier this year, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Warning: The video below contains explicit language.
So this happened today in Inglewood. The police stopped this woman and drew guns out at her even though (clear as day) she had nothing in her hands. pic.twitter.com/yUAdimc2hC
— ricky🚧 (@x__ricardo) July 2, 2018
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