Man ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of im­per­son­at­ing LAPD of­fi­cer

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A man who au­thor­i­ties say was recorded an­tag­o­niz­ing demon­stra­tors dur­ing a Black Lives Mat­ter protest in Jan­uary has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Daniel Sohn, 36, was ar­rested Fri­day by Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff's deputies af­ter they no­ticed that he was wear­ing a shirt with the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment logo and rec­og­nized him as the man in the video, au­thor­i­ties said in a press re­lease .

The video posted on so­cial me­dia last month shows an Asian man who ap­pears to be wear­ing the same shirt and chant­ing “white power” to peo­ple. The group was protest­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing in Oc­to­ber of an un­armed black man by an LAPD of­fi­cer in­side a gym.

Sher­iff's Deputy Joana War­ren said Sohn told the deputies he reg­u­larly poses as an of­fi­cer to get re­spect. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were seek­ing ad­di­tional wit­nesses who may have been told by Sohn that he was an of­fi­cer, War­ren said.

Sohn was re­leased on $2,500 bail. War­ren didn't know whether he has an at­tor­ney.

As the video cir­cu­lated on­line, the LAPD quickly said he was not a mem­ber of its force and that the shirt he was wear­ing was not of­fi­cial at­tire.

“The ap­parel worn by the in­di­vid­ual, specif­i­cally the T-shirt with LAPD in­signia, is not depart­ment is­sued and is ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic,” the depart­ment said. “We will be work­ing with our En­ter­tain­ment Trade­mark Unit to en­sure vi­o­la­tions of our trade­mark on ap­parel are ad­dressed.”

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