Hollywood’s Unarmed ‘Security Ambassadors’, A Reality Check

Captured in a passerby’s video, a heated altercation between two individuals unfolds amidst the bustling streets of West Hollywood, merely a stone’s throw from a pair of city security ambassadors.

This recent occurrence took place at the busy crossroads of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, right outside the West Hollywood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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In the recording, a man can be seen in a white sedan, within a pedestrian crosswalk. The intensity escalates when another individual delivers a forceful kick to the vehicle, prompting the driver to hastily exit his car.

As the conflict between the two men ensues, the security ambassadors maintain their distance on a neighboring sidewalk, observing without immediate engagement.

One of the ambassadors is noticeably communicating via his walkie-talkie, seemingly reporting the ongoing dispute.

The specific factors that ignited this street-side scuffle remain shrouded in uncertainty.

As stated on the official city website, “The West Hollywood Block by Block Security Ambassador initiative ensures a prominent, uniformed presence at ground level.”

Comprising 85 unarmed ambassadors, these vigilant individuals patrol major thoroughfares, backstreets, municipal parking areas, and residential districts on bicycles, fostering a cooperative relationship with the nearby sheriff’s station.

In the previous summer, the city proposed eliminating five sheriff’s deputies to make way for the security ambassador initiative. However, only one such position has been removed to date.

West Hollywood Entrenched in Idealistic Progressive Bubble

West Hollywood resident Ethan Reynolds, who filmed the incident, mentioned in an ABC7 interview, “There’s a learning curve. We’ve all experienced growth in the past few years. Personally, I feel more secure in the presence of a police officer; although I acknowledge that sentiment isn’t universal.”

It is a common accusation that certain political factions, such as Democrats, may misrepresent crime statistics for their own advantage.

Regularly, statements from figures like KJP in the White House briefing room are met with skepticism. The idea is that if an issue proves politically uncomfortable, the best course of action is to pretend as if it doesn’t exist.

Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a daily briefing Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Katie Ricks). Original public domain image from Flickr

Several cities have already started to abandon police defunding efforts, in response to mounting public dissatisfaction over escalating crime rates.

Numerous cities, including Los Angeles, even reversed direction, opting to augment their law enforcement budgets. However, West Hollywood seems to be entrenched in a sort of idealistic progressive bubble.

This article appeared in Right Wing Insider and has been published here with permission.