Gun in­ci­dent af­ter Cu­dahy coun­cil meets

A Trump sup­porter ac­cused of pulling a firearm is ar­rested.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Hai­ley Bran­son-Potts hai­ley.bran­son @la­times.com

A man who came to the Cu­dahy City Coun­cil meet­ing this week with a proPres­i­dent Trump group protest­ing the city’s sanc­tu­ary sta­tus was ar­rested af­ter he bran­dished a gun dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, au­thor­i­ties said.

Thomas Green, 51, of Culver City flashed a gun from in­side a white car at a gas sta­tion at Clara Street and Wil­cox Av­enue, about a block from the park where the coun­cil meet­ing took place, the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said in a state­ment.

Deputies were waved over about 9 p.m. Mon­day by a group of peo­ple stand­ing near the ve­hi­cle dur­ing the ar­gu­ment, au­thor­i­ties said.

Green was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of bran­dish­ing a firearm and booked at the East L.A. Sher­iff ’s Sta­tion. He was later re­leased, and his gun was held for ev­i­dence, au­thor­i­ties said.

All of the car’s oc­cu­pants were de­tained.

Rid­ing with Green was Harim Uziel, a vo­cal proTrump ac­tivist who has be­come a reg­u­lar, dis­rup­tive pres­ence at public meet­ings through­out the South­land. In May, In­gle­wood po­lice es­corted Uziel out of U.S. Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters’ town hall meet­ing af­ter he and an­other Trump sup­porter loudly fought with pro-im­mi­gra­tion ac­tivists.

Be­fore deputies called him out of the car in Cu­dahy on Mon­day night, Uziel livestreamed au­thor­i­ties sur­round­ing the ve­hi­cle, guns drawn. His group was es­cort­ing other pro­test­ers who had been fol­lowed to the gas sta­tion af­ter the coun­cil meet­ing, he said on Face­book Live.

“My friend here that I’m car­pool­ing with has a con­cealed carry weapon, and he showed it to those guys,” Uziel said.

“We did show a gun. Oh, may the Lord pro­tect us and keep us safe,” he added. “I got my hands up. Don’t shoot.”

An hour af­ter Green’s ar­rest, in a “sep­a­rate and un­re­lated in­ci­dent” while deputies were still at the gas sta­tion, a man threw a large, glass beer bot­tle at the deputies, hit­ting one of their ve­hi­cles and nearly hit­ting the deputies, ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

Ray­mond Diaz, 24, of South Gate was iden­ti­fied as the bot­tle thrower and was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault with a deadly weapon, au­thor­i­ties said. He was booked at the East L.A. sta­tion and was be­ing held in lieu of $50,000 bail, plus an out­stand­ing $30,000 war­rant for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Coun­cil meet­ings in Cu­dahy, which has a large Latino im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion, have been tense in re­cent weeks as ac­tivists — many of them clad in Trump gear — have shown up and used public com­ment pe­ri­ods to de­cry il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

In May, Trump sup­port­ers showed up to a coun­cil meet­ing with signs that said such things as “ICE Hot­line Call Now!” They were greeted by counter-pro­test­ers with their own signs — “De­port all white su­prem­a­cists back to Europe!” — and some­one hold­ing a Mex­i­can flag.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the scene out­side de­volved into a scream­ing match and was bro­ken up by a sher­iff ’s he­li­copter hov­er­ing over­head.

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