Venice Beach has gone viral again amid its surge in homelessness.
A TikTok video shared widely across social media on Tuesday shows Los Angeles Police Department officers with assault rifles detaining a group of homeless people after responding to reports of a man with a gun at Venice Beach.
The clip shows at least two police officers pointing long guns at an encampment where a group of homeless people are on their knees. Some have their hands up.
Venice Beach’s homeless encampments have become a virtual tent city with violent crime and rampant drug use pushing tourists and families out. City workers began the process of tearing down homeless camps along Venice Beach ahead of the July 4 weekend this year.
During another round of clearing tents on July 16, police were told that a woman was being held against her will in a beach tunnel in the 13700 block of Way