LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Long Beach police Tuesday responded to a controversial photo which shows an officer pointing a less-than-lethal weapon near a young girl during the George Floyd protest.

May 31, 2020. (The Daily 49er)

The photo, which was snapped during Sunday protest by Long Beach State University’s The Daily 49er student newspaper, appears to show the officer pointing the weapon in the direction of the girl as she sits on a man’s shoulders.

There’s no indication the officer fired the weapon, or that the girl or the man were ever hurt.

Long Beach police said they were investigating the incident and provided CBSLA the following statement Tuesday:

“We agree the image is disturbing and we all share the community’s concerns for the safety of the child, the peaceful demonstrators, and the officers. We do know that this image was taken at the time that violent disrupters were throwing bottles and pyrotechnics that could cause great bodily injury to anyone in the area.”

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On Sunday afternoon, what started out as a peaceful protest quickly degenerated into looting in Long Beach’s Pike area. Several businesses were ransacked or set ablaze and multiple police cruisers were damaged. The looters at one point set off fireworks in the direction of officers.

75 people were arrested on charges of looting, burglary and curfew violations.

Comments (11)
  1. Rich Tanner says:

    Seems to me he is pointing it at the body of the man she is sitting upon. Ya know, you media are the ones attempting to ignite the fires of discontent….

  2. jesse says:

    the police officer isnt even pointing at that guy with the girl. Hes pointing and looking at someone on the right of him.

  3. Joe says:

    Who brings a 2-year-old to a protest?

    1. Matthew says:

      People who should be charged with child endangerment and bad parenting, that’s who.

  4. Chris says:

    There are ways to de-escalate. We have seen some examples of that over the past few days. But the cops are not trained for that. They are trained to be afraid and attack as a first and only resort.

  5. Maggie says:

    The photo appears the officer is not pointing the gun at the man. The left wing media has their own agenda. I agree – why bring a child to a gathering that could potentially turn dangerous.

  6. Kellie says:

    In my opinion, this photo shows two men displaying less-than ideal judgement. Man A: good job for trying to raise a civic minded person, but don’t carry small children into potentially dangerous situations. Man B: good job for talking with members of the community, but when there’s a small child directly in front of you, take the single second necessary to point your weapon downward.

  7. Seth says:

    This has been debunked by the photographer who posted other photos on Instagram to show what actually happened. #FakeNews. I hope you’re posting a retraction.

  8. Rafa says:

    CBS is not as bad as others reporting news, but this seems like bad journalism that made it to the CBS national news. The photographic perspective is at odds for what is being reported.
    To me, the police officer is in a different plane than that of the man/girl (look how small the officer looks in comparison to the girl). If I am correct, your editors need some photography schooling and apologize.
    And another clue is that the officer eyes seem to be looking away to a different place than that being implied by the headline.

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