LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Bob Blumenfield is searching for to increase protections for street distributors after an assault earlier this week in Woodland Hills, in response to a movement filed Friday.
A person was seen on video hanging a street vendor’s cart with an ax on Sunday on the intersection of Canoga Avenue and Dumetz Road. The similar man was concerned in the same incident involving one other vendor in May, in response to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Any attack against a street vendor is abhorrent, and everyone who sees this video should be deeply disturbed,” Blumenfield stated in an announcement. “Violent vigilante behavior is illegal and immoral. This individual will be held accountable. Such an attack is clearly an attempt to intimidate both his victim and other street vendors and cannot be tolerated.”
The movement requests a report again in 30 days on legal guidelines that apply to threats in opposition to street distributors, suggestions for further legal guidelines to discourage such assaults and methods for imposing such legal guidelines.
The movement additionally states that there was an growing quantity of related incidents in Southern California that will not be directed solely at street distributors, however “are accompanied by obvious anti-Latino and anti-immigrant language.”
“This sort of hateful vigilantism is illegal and immoral,” the movement reads. “While these attacks clearly violate existing laws, it is also clear that they target a vulnerable population.”