PANORAMA CITY, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - Two men dressed in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles marched in Inglewood late Monday night.
Video shows them carrying signs promoting “Black Lives Matter” and they said it was a peaceful protest, but witnesses heard something different.
“He said, it’s time for some cops to die,” one witness said.
The men then got in their car and drove to a Panorama City apartment where they spent a few hours.
Afterwards they ditched their military gear and weapons and drove off, smirking as they passed camera crews.
“It raises the hair on the back of our necks when we see something like,” Lt. Chris Ramirez, Los Angeles Police Department, said.”
Officer’s pursued the men to Lake View Terrace where both were arrested.
The ex-fiance of one of the suspects identified him as 36-year-old Edmon Washington, who was shot with a rubber bullet.
Marquisa Gardner said, Washington was an army combat veteran who suffers from PTSD.
“Insomnia, staying up to the wee hours of the morning, watching videos that promote death and assassination,” Gardner said of his habits.
Gardner, who has a restraining order against Washington said, he’s a strong supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and kept weapons at home although she’d never seen the assault rifle he was carrying overnight.
“Protesting is one thing, but taking it upon yourself to put yourself in a position to carry a gun and make yourself a target is not the way to handle any situation,” she said.
Police found two assault rifles in the Panorama City apartment similar to the ones both suspects were holding in Inglewood, but police wouldn’t confirm if the weapons were loaded.
Los Angeles police Tuesday detained two men in Lake View Terrace who apparently were walking around in the Inglewood area carrying rifles earlier this morning, authorities said.
The men were taken into custody for questioning shortly before 7 a.m. near Foothill Boulevard and Terra Bella Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
About 12:45 a.m., two armed men dressed in military garb were seen walking on Century Boulevard between Yukon Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in Inglewood.
The men carried "assault-type gear,'' and officers monitored their activity but took no action for the safety of several bystanders watching, according to Lt. Greg Held of the Inglewood Police Department.
Held said although the men were carrying weapons, their activity didn't seem threatening and officers decided to avoid confrontation and just monitor them. The incident remains under investigation, Held said.
The men were walking the neighborhood in a Black Lives Matter-type protest, according to reports from the scene.
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