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|(July 5, 2020, 7:10 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has obtained third party recorded video and with permission of the video's owner publishes below screen saves below of what occurred July 4th, 2020 at (time stamped) 8:42 p.m. at a location in LB's 9th Council district (NLB.)
In the screen saves below, one can see a ground-discharging pyrotechnic device (illegal in Long Beach,.) A police vehicle comes into view. The LBPD unit approaches the ignited device. With mortar launched rockets visible in the distance, the police vehicle turns left in front of the ignited device, doesn't stop, and continues on.
The screen saves below have been reduced in size for webposting here. To compensate for the loss of resolution in the screen save and downsizing process, LBREPORT.com used a sharpening setting in our photo software to enhance the displayed images below.
We display the images mindful they invite questions to which we don't yet have answers. Was the LBPD unit directed by dispatch to head to another location for more pressing purposes? Were the officers looking for the suspects down the street we can't see? Or did the officers simply shrug and move on? Were they under instructions (and if so from whom) not to stop in such circumstances and for what reasons? At this point we don't have answers to these questions. For now, the video must speak for itself albeit incompletely..
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As the time stamps indicate, this took place at slow speed over a period of 11 seconds.
LBREPORT.com has reviewed separately reworded video by another third-party (not yet published by us) showing a small calm crowd in the area of 15th St./Cherry Ave. watching -- without objection from the crowd -- a young person (appears to be a juvenile) ignite mortar based rockets in the middle of the street.
Additional video at the location shows an incendiary device near a parked vehicle and (what may be the same or another device) near a multi-unit residential building. An adult at the 15th St/Cherry Ave. location says he observed LBPD units drive-by the location but not stop (unclear if before, during or after the incidents described.)
Multiple residents in various parts of town have independently stated on the Long Beach Against Illegal Fireworks Facebook page that they observed LBPD units drive by and not stop at locations with fireworks. Some differ and say officers got out of their vehicle to deal with the situation, but those accounts are exceeded by others indicating non-intervention.
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