Posted November 11, 2017 06:14:00 The kids climbers’ rock climbing event at the University of Southern California was interrupted by a violent climber who was knocked to the ground and then hit with an overhand left hook.
The rock climber was quickly taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
The incident happened just before 10 a.m.
Wednesday, and police were looking for witnesses.
One climber, who declined to give his name out of fear of retaliation, told the Los Angeles Times that the incident was triggered by a “bad fight” between the young rock climbers and the local security guards.
“It was a big fight, a big brawl.
They weren’t even trying to do anything.
The security guards were just looking for trouble, trying to beat us up,” the climber said.
“There was no reason for the security guards to fight with the kids.
The kids were climbing a steep route with a really good rock, and we were just hanging around.
It was a good opportunity for us to hang out with the people we were hanging out with.”
The climber also said he had no idea why the security guard was yelling at the boys.
“When I heard the noise, I just knew something was wrong,” he said.
He told the Times he was unsure whether the security agent was the same one who had confronted the children earlier that day at the event.
The climbers were climbing the steep route near the entrance to the campus’ North Face when they were approached by the security officer.
“I was a little upset and felt like he was trying to intimidate me, and it made me feel uncomfortable,” the young climber told the paper.
“So I decided to just take a few steps down and try to leave.
He was yelling and yelling and shouting and yelling at me.
I was thinking, ‘I have no right to say anything.’
I don’t have any rights.”
The security guard told the newspaper that he had approached the boys after he had heard about their “inappropriate behavior.”
The officer asked the group to stop climbing for a moment and then yelled at them to stop again, but the boys continued to climb, according to the Times.
The officer yelled, “You need to stop!
You’re trespassing!” before hitting the climbers with his baton.
“He hit me with his arm, but he hit me in the head with his elbow, so I felt really bad,” the security climber’s mother told the outlet.
“They had no right, no right at all.
I can’t believe that the police officers would ever do that to somebody.”
The police officers who responded to the scene told the station that they had not seen any evidence that the security officers were “on any sort of dispute,” and that the boys had been “inappropriately” acting.
“This is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen,” said Lt.
Brian McCarthy, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson.
“What are we supposed to do?”
McCarthy told the LA Times that he thought it was a “poor choice” for the cops to respond to the climbers’ concerns.
“These are very serious matters, and I don, frankly, think it’s appropriate for our officers to come and take action on this,” McCarthy said.
Police told the reporter that the officer’s behavior was “completely out of character” and “absolutely unacceptable.”
The LA Times reported that police would be investigating the incident.
“The LAPD is investigating this incident to determine whether there was any cause for the altercation,” McCarthy told local station KABC-TV.
“We’re not talking about anything that would have occurred at the time.”