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A video depicting Burbank Police officers dropping off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian’s North Hollywood district office leaving him there. L.A. City Council President Paul Krekorian held a press conference at city hall to discuss the incident. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)
A video depicting Burbank Police officers dropping off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian’s North Hollywood district office leaving him there. L.A. City Council President Paul Krekorian held a press conference at city hall to discuss the incident. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)
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Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian called for an investigation on Friday, June 7, after his office obtained video showing two Burbank police officers dropping off a homeless man – described as “severely distressed” – on the sidewalk in front of Krekorian’s district office in North Hollywood, an act that Krekorian described as “callous, cruel (and) inhumane.”

A roughly one-minute video shows a Burbank police vehicle stopping in front of the building where Krekorian’s district office is located on Lankershim Boulevard. Two officers get out, and one opens the back seat door to let out a handcuffed man. The other officer removes his cuffs.

The man appears in distress, gets down on his hands and knees and puts his head on the sidewalk as the officers, now back in their vehicle, drive off. The man then lays on the ground for several seconds — before the video ends.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday, June 6, according to Krekorian, who told reporters at a Friday press conference that he was “extremely livid” by what he saw.

A video depicting Burbank Police officers dropping off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian's North Hollywood district office leaving him there. L.A. City Council President Paul Krekorian held a press conference at city hall to discuss the incident. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)
A video depicting Burbank Police officers dropping off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian’s North Hollywood district office leaving him there. L.A. City Council President Paul Krekorian held a press conference at city hall to discuss the incident. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)

“The officers of the Burbank Police Department got back in their vehicle and drove back to Burbank,” Krekorian said. “Without giving any aid to this person, without determining whether there was anyone who could provide services to this person, they dumped him in North Hollywood.”

“Obviously, this is callous, cruel, inhumane and also fundamentally irresponsible,” he added.

The man, whose identity city officials are withholding, was found nearby by a member of Krekorian’s staff after their office was notified. The man told Krekorian’s staff member he thought his leg was broken and paramedics responded. Krekorian said the man was taken to a hospital Thursday but he did not know if the man was still there as of midday Friday.

The council president said the man told his staff that he’d recently become homeless outside of L.A. He told Krekorian’s staff that he went to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank but when the hospital staff found him unruly they called the police.

Krekorian said he would reach out to Burbank Mayor Nick Schultz to share the video with him, to make sure he was aware of the situation and to demand that the city of Burbank investigate the incident.

The city of Burbank issued a statement Friday evening, saying its police department is investigating the incident.

“We do not take this concern lightly, as the City of Burbank’s foremost priority is to provide our unhoused residents with the support and resources necessary to transition from the streets into stable and secure living conditions,” Burbank Mayor Schultz said.

“We greatly value our relationship with the City of Los Angeles and are dedicated to enhancing communication and collaboration to effectively address this issue and all homelessness-related matters,” Schultz said. “We recognize that these are complex issues with no easy solutions, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to finding effective approaches.”

The Burbank Police Department also issued a statement, which said officers responded Thursday morning to a call about a naked man at a bus stop outside of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. When they arrived, the man, who had his clothes with him, got dressed.

The man told officers he was homeless and had been taken to the hospital from the “Sunland/Tujunga area.”

According to Burbank police, the man said he’d suffered a leg injury years ago but declined medical treatment. The police department said he asked to be taken to the Sunland/Tujunga area but then agreed to be taken to the Metro Red Line station in North Hollywood. On the way, the man asked to be let out of the police car to get coffee. Officers let him out immediately on the 5200 block of Lankershim Boulevard, the police department said.

The department said it is conducting an in-depth investigation and will review all body-worn and in-car camera footage and interviews with witnesses.

“The Burbank Police Department remains committed to treating the unhoused community with compassion and respect, and thanks Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian for bringing this matter to our attention,” the department said.

Krekorian declined to say whether he believed a crime had been committed by the police officers.

But he is calling for an investigation.

And, he said, “as a human being, I was outraged by it.”

“It’s almost impossible to fathom, you know, professionals who are trained and paid to protect and serve the public, (taking) somebody at this moment of maximum vulnerability, somebody seeking medical care, and dumping – literally dumping – him on a sidewalk to fend for himself,” Krekorian said. “It’s a disgrace.”

On Friday, Krekorian introduced a City Council motion requesting Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto, L.A. District Attorney George Gascón and California Attorney General Rob Bonta investigate the incident “and to take the maximum appropriate legal action against the City of Burbank and the Burbank Police Department.”

L.A. City Council President Paul Krekorian during a press conference at city hall to discuss alleged actions by Burbank police that dropped off an injured and disoriented homeless man in front of Krekorian’s North Hollywood district office and left him there. Krekorian’s office obtained video of the incident and is expected to call on the city attorney, district attorney and state attorney general to investigate what his office called a “hateful and inhumane practice.” June 7, 2024 (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)

The motion, which has not yet been voted on by the L.A. City Council, also requests that the city of Burbank, including its mayor and city council, respond to this incident and provide L.A. city officials with information about Burbank’s policies related to homelessness, the relocation of unhoused individuals and policy changes the city might make as a result of this incident.

Krekorian said city officials and service providers have reported anecdotally over the years that officers from other jurisdictions have transported homeless people into the city of L.A. and left them there.

He said incidents like this are not unheard of – but rarely caught on video. The video was captured on a security camera for the building where Krekorian’s district office is located.

In his motion, Krekorian noted that the city of L.A. allocated in the current fiscal year. He said homelessness is a crisis brought on by the , a failure to address mental health challenges and a that impacts the region, state and country.

“And yet people look to Los Angeles City Hall to be the remedy for that, and we are doing more than our share to provide those things,” Krekorian said. “But folks and people who are in public service in other areas need to start stepping up and doing their share as well.”

Thursday’s incident was not the first time L.A. officials have criticized how agencies outside the city respond to homeless individuals.

In 2018, then-L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, who represented San Pedro and the Harbor Area, criticized the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department after .

The Sheriff’s Department said at the time that the deputies who handled the call recognized the man as a local homeless person when they arrived. When the man asked them for a ride to Pasadena, where he claimed he lived, they told him they could not drive him there.

But because he had an MTA bus pass, the deputies agreed to his request to drop him off at a bus stop in San Pedro so that he could catch a bus to Pasadena. On the way, the man asked the deputies to let him out a few blocks from the bus stop so that he could go to a local convenience store, according to the Sheriff’s Department, which described the incident as

A video showing the drop-off went viral and ignited outrage among San Pedro residents who have long believed that other cities dropped off homeless people in their community. The man was seen waving his arms as he walked away from the deputies and was photographed a short time later lying on the sidewalk.

On Friday, Krekorian said that this week’s action by Burbank police was not the first time officers from that department dropped off a homeless person in L.A.

He said Burbank officers also dropped off a homeless person outside a homeless services navigation center in his council district in 2022. Krekorian said that while he was also annoyed by that incident, he did not make an issue out of it because at least the unhoused individual was taken to a place that could offer help.

“It’s still shirking responsibility by our neighboring jurisdiction, but at least the person is going to get services,” Krekorian said.

“But if you just drop somebody off on a sidewalk and let him crawl away,” he said referring to this week’s incident, “you’re clearly not concerned whatsoever about whether this person gets any services.”

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