A homeless advocate who has documented the unhoused residents of Los Angeles‘ Venice neighborhood for greater than 20 years was attacked by a homeless individual Wednesday whereas filming, he informed Fox News.
Tony Vera Echevarria, 62, mentioned he was on the seaside to live-stream sanitation staff cleansing the world alongside the boardwalk.
He was filming the trash vehicles as they have been leaving and a few individuals giving out meals to the homeless from about 100 toes away, he mentioned. A homeless lady demanded him to cease and accused him of “stealing her information,” prompting her boyfriend to assault, Echevarria mentioned.
“Keep in mind, I’m on their side,” he informed Fox News. “The guy went behind me and attacked me violently. So I maced him and then he went after another guy, a mentally ill guy. The whole thing was ugly.”
In a video of the incident posted on-line, a lady is seen following Echevarria as he is filming. The footage then switches to him being attacked by a person who’s demanding his telephone.
Someone filming the incident warns the alleged attacker to cease or else he may face jail time.
“I would like to go to jail. I live outside,” he replies.
Echevarria, a Venice resident and native New Yorker, is seen kicking the attacker in an effort to get him to cease. He mentioned he pulled a leg muscle and the authorities have been known as. Los Angeles cops responded to the scene and positioned the person in handcuffs.
“That’s why I maced you dude,” Echevarria tells the person as he is being detained. “You don’t put your hands on nobody. I’m on your side.”
In the top, Echevarria determined not to press prices, saying: “I figured the guy has enough problems.”
Homeless encampments line the bike path, because the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) illness pandemic continues, on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 14. Reuters
The Los Angeles Police Department mentioned it had no report of any arrest stemming from the incident.
The assault occurred close to the Cadillac Hotel on the well-known Venice boardwalk, Echevarria mentioned. Earlier this 12 months, the resort started taking part in Project Roomkey, a program to home homeless individuals prone to severe sickness from COVID-19.
Echevarria has documented the world homeless inhabitants for greater than 20 years and advocates for many who need assist, he mentioned.
“I’m not trying to defend all of them but I get pissed off when people say all the homeless are the same,” he mentioned. “They’re not all the same.”
“It left me with a bad taste in my mouth though,” he added. “I’m not making any money off this. “Like ‘What am I doing? I’m attempting to assist these individuals.'”
He primarily makes a living filming arrests at the Los Angeles International Airport, during which he was allegedly assaulted by Mike Tyson while snapping images of the former heavyweight boxer and his family.
Wednesday’s experience has deterred him. He plans to keep documenting the homeless crisis no matter the risks.
“I received beat up by Mike Tyson,” Echevarria said. “We’re associates now. I sued him and I received. But that did not cease me.”