LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An Asian man seen on video wearing a shirt with an LAPD logo on it while shouting “white power” at a Black Lives Matter rally has been arrested, authorities said Friday.
Daniel Sohn, was arrested after sheriff’s deputies found him sleeping in a car in the 1200 block of N. La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood, according to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.READ MORE: 15 LAPD Officers Awarded The Medal Of Valor, The Department's Highest Honor
Deputies approached the car, which was illegally parked overnight parking on the commercial property, to conduct a welfare check, officials said.
They discovered Sohn, who police say is in his 30s, wearing a long sleeve shirt with “LAPD” logo on the front and patches on the sleeves.
During the deputies’ investigation, they recognized Sohn from a recent video posted on social media, which showed Sohn “claiming to be a police officer to a group of people”, according to authorities.READ MORE: 4 Teen Girls Arrested For Racist Graffiti In Thousand Oaks, Using Ethnically Derogatory Language Against Other Children
The video claiming to show an LAPD officer flash a “white power” sign outside a Hollywood gym was initially posted by Black Lives Matter LA on Jan. 31 and quickly went viral.
After verifying Sohn was not a police officer of any law enforcement agency, deputies took him into custody on suspicion of impersonating a police officer.
In 2014, Sohn was featured in a 2014 TV news report in Denver after he allegedly attempted to ditch his dog at a local animal shelter twice in one day.MORE NEWS: 60 Minutes Preview: Hi-Tech Chinook Helicopters Could Be Game-Changer In Fight Against Wildfires
Anyone with information about the West Hollywood incident is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station Detectives at 310-855-8850 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.