LA mayor condemns protesters shouting 'death to police' outside hospital treating ambushed officers

LA mayor condemns protesters shouting 'death to police' outside hospital treating ambushed officers
© Getty

Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiBiden taps former deputy campaign manager for ambassador post The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Jan. 6 commission vote delayed; infrastructure debate lingers into June Biden likely to tap Burns for China ambassador; Nides for Israel MORE (D) on Sunday condemned protesters who reportedly yelled "death to police" outside the hospital where two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are being treated and in critical condition after being shot.

Fox News reports that video showed protesters blocking a hospital entrance and shouting "death to police," "I hope they f---ing die," and "kill the police."

"There’s no place in civilized society for anybody to draw an arm and to shoot our law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line,” Garcetti said on NBC's "Meet the Press" responding to the incident. “And I won’t ever let a couple voices that not only are uncalled for, but it’s abhorrent to say something like that when we have two deputies, who are sheriff's deputies, in grave condition.”


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said two deputies were shot in the city of Compton on Saturday. The department said one male deputy and one female deputy were “'ambushed’ while sitting in a patrol vehicle.”

Both deputies “sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition,” according to the department. 

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have condemned the shooting.

“Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on. Those who perpetrate these crimes must be brought to justice, and, if convicted, face the full brunt of the law,” Biden said.