SAN PEDRO (CBSLA) — Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino introduced a motion Wednesday calling for a full investigation into an incident in which a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was recorded on camera dropping off a homeless man, who displayed signs of mental illness, onto the streets of San Pedro.
“The video clearly showed an individual who was not in the right frame of mind, was let go holding his own shoes,” Buscaino said Wednesday. “That was troubling for us.”
He went on to imply the LASD’s actions put undue burden on L.A.’s emergency response resources when police and firefighters tended to the man, identified as 54-year-old Shawn Bryan.
“Clearly took out for service two police officers and a fire unit. That’s unacceptable,” said the councilman.
“I am deeply concerned after seeing video of LA County Sheriff’s deputies unloading a homeless individual with an outstanding arrest warrant, displaying characteristics of mental illness on San Pedro streets near the border with Rancho Palos Verdes,” said earlier Buscaino in a Facebook post.
The councilman went on to point out that the incident, which occurred on Jan. 30, happened to fall “on the same day that the LA County Board of Supervisors called for an updated definition to make it easier for first responders to place gravely disabled persons into care.”
Buscaino introduced the motion along with Councilman Mitch Englander.
“We cannot abandon people who are in serious need of services,” read a tweet posted by Buscaino. “Every city must do it’s part to address homelessness and mental illness.”
L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn also took to Facebook, saying she had asked Sheriff Jim McDonnell to investigate the incident.
LASD officials say, however, they picked up the man after receiving calls from concerned residents in Rancho Palos Verdes.
“It doesn’t make Palos Verdes look very nice, so they bring him to San Pedro,” resident Georgia Cordero said.
Sheriff’s went on to tell CBS2 they then offered to take the man to a bus stop after he asked authorities to drive him to Pasadena. After that, Sheriff’s say the man was picked up by L.A. City Fire officials who released him as well.
Buscaino rejected that idea, saying, “If you look at the location where this individual was dropped off, there is no bus stop in the near vicinity.”
The man was later arrested by LAPD for an outstanding warrant.
The LASD released a statement Wednesday addressing the issue saying, “Our deputies performed an act of compassionate service to the best of their abilities.”
Capt. Michael Oreb with the LAPD said he hopes other law enforcement agencies don’t dump people outside their jurisdictional areas, after having heard similar concerns from resident.
“I like to think that other agencies would not do that, they would not try to bring some of their issues into another jurisdiction, but I think the key is to conduct a thorough investigation,” Oreb told CBS2.