UPDATE: Oct.6, 10:10 p.m.: Police have announced the arrest of at least one suspect in the viral video of an armed gunman stalking an LAPD officer. Detectives say the film was made by an early 1990s rap group “no longer in fashion” in an attempt to “ignite a comeback” and poses no threat to officers.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A disturbing video that seemingly shows an officer being stalked has the local law enforcement community on edge.
The footage, posted on social media, begins with a Los Angeles police officer getting out of his patrol car, followed by a shot of a handgun held by the person shooting the video. That individual was apparently recording the video from inside a car parked behind the officer.
The video, which had gone viral, is enough for the wife of an L.A. police officer to think someone may be sending a threat.
“It’s completely frightening, and I know that a lot of the wives are scared,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
The woman, who is a member of the the LAPD Wives Association, told CBS2/KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper many of the group’s members and LAPD officers have seen the video.
“They just want to do their job and yet all this hatred is coming at them. And it’s becoming more and more violent,” she said. “They are so scared that their husbands are not going to come home.”
CBS2/KCAL9 was told the video was posted on Instagram, and it has since been taken down. But many in law enforcement remain rattled.
“The hatred toward the officers isn’t going to accomplish anything,” the woman said. “It’s just going to create a bigger divide.”
The LAPD said it is taking this matter seriously and has opened an investigation.