A Los Angeles County officer is under investigation after a YouTube video appeared in which he seems to ignores a dispatch call about a possible shooting while making kissy-faces into the camera. He apparently recorded the video to send to a former girlfriend.
“She can go fuck herself,” the officer says, seemingly referring to a female dispatcher whose voice comes over the police radio.
“I want you. You, you, you, you, you,” the officer continues.
When the dispatcher announces there has been a report of a shooting, the officer looks at the camera and casually says, “Someone is getting shot right now. Damn. What the fuck.”
The officer indicates he should be responding to the call (or possibly something else).
“I know I got to go, but I’m not going to go because you’re mad,” he says. “Someone is getting shot. Oh well. Oh well. Because I want to make things right with me and you … gimme kisses.”
It’s unclear when the troubling 51-second video was recorded. It was first reported on Monday by WitnessLA, which identified the officer as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Fennell, of the Lakewood Division.
Fennell was placed on administrative leave in January, after he was arrested for an incident of alleged domestic violence.
WARNING: Video contains explicit language.
Fennell sent this video to his former girlfriend, Priscilla Anderson, according to Los Angeles’ KABC-TV. Court documents show that Anderson made the domestic violence complaint and obtained a restraining order against Fennell.
“He did several things to me, like struck me on the neck, choking me out by the neck, destroying things in the house,” Anderson told KABC-TV.
She also said she has dozens of videos that Fennell sent her after their break-up. She alleged that some of the videos show him targeting motorists after she’d refused to speak with him.
“He would just give people tickets randomly,” she told KABC-TV. “He would send it to me, make more videos and just tell me, ‘I’m going to continue to be like this to other people until you decide that you want to talk to me.’”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell described the videos as “very disturbing.”
In a statement to CBS Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said it was “thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding the case.” The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also reportedly reviewing the matter.