AP featured image

On Saturday evening, in Compton, California, two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Deputies were ambushed and shot while sitting in their patrol car.

The Sheriff’s Department released this bizarre video of the shooting:

Both deputies were shot in the head at close range, and both were in critical condition Saturday night after undergoing surgery.

Compton is part of notorious “South Central Los Angeles”.  The hostile relationship between police and the residents and gang members in the area goes back generations.

The Sheriff’s Office put out on social media that protesters were blocking the entrances to the hospital and ambulances and paramedics were having difficulty getting through.

Here are some videos of how the shooting of the two deputies was celebrated on Saturday night outside the hospital where the Deputies were being treated.

LA Sheriff’s Office prepared for the worst, sending a large number of officers to the hospital to secure the surrounding area in anticipation of “celebrations” at that location.

The City of Compton disbanded its own police department in 2000.  It was riddled with corruption, and it was economically unfeasible for the City to continue funding it.  Compton now contracts with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for police services.

But the Sheriff’s Department has had a long history of trouble in the City of Compton.  It is alleged by community activists that within the Sheriff’s Department — which has a large Latino component — there is an “assassination” squad who get special tattoos after killing a reputed gang member, justified or not.

The poor relationship between the community and the Department has only worsened during the summer of protests, and the violence on Saturday night isn’t all that surprising.