HomeCity NewsProtest Suspects Await Court Dates; Hate Crime Reported

Protest Suspects Await Court Dates; Hate Crime Reported

The Glendale Police Department on Wednesday said the three people arrested during protests at the Board of Education meeting on June 6 are pending court dates on different charges.
The three suspects were identified as a 35-year-old La Crescenta man, a 43-year-old Granada Hills man and a 56-year-old man from Glendale. The News-Press does not publish names of alleged suspects until the court case is resolved.
The men each face separate charges of obstruction of police and disturbing the peace, the illegal use of tear gas and remaining at the scene of a riot.
All three men are out of police custody.
On June 6, several hundred protesters gathered outside the GUSD headquarters ahead of the Board of Education meeting in support of and against recent policies regarding gender-affirming policies and sex education. Violent clashes ensued and about 50 police officers were on scene to control the crowd. Ultimately, the police issued a dispersal order.
Separately, the GPD reported a hate crime this week that occurred in Glendale on June 9.
A vehicle with an Armenian flag in the window was vandalized, or “keyed,” in the 600 block of East Lomita Avenue and sometime after 9 p.m. on June 8.
The victim found his car in the morning on June 9 covered with an ethnic slur and messages etched into the paint of his car on the passenger side, the rear panel, the roof and the hood.
The messages included “it’s OK to be queer,” “stop hating” and “pride.” The slur was a derogatory word used to attack those of Armenian descent and was carved into the vehicle’s hood.
Detectives from the GPD’s Robbery/Homicide Unit, which investigates hate crimes, immediately began an investigation. The car is in police custody undergoing forensic testing.
“The investigation is active and ongoing,” GPD said in a statement. “The Glendale Police Department stands with our community against all hate. We are committed to protecting those who live, work or visit Glendale and maintaining a safe and inclusive community.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the GPD by calling (818) 548-4911. To remain anonymous, call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or (800) 222-8477 or visit the website lacrimestoppers.org.

First published in the June 17 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

Most Popular

[bsa_pro_ad_space id=3]