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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Update

The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of video from this incident which has surfaced on social media. The video depicts arrests and a use of force which occurred during a protest. In the coming days, we plan on releasing a critical incident video which will include body worn video that captured the use of force.



Downtown Los Angeles: Officers were injured and arrests were made after several individuals in a group of protestors attempted to interfere and free a man and two women, who were in police custody.

On July 14, 2020 around 2:45 p.m. officers were in the area Figueroa Street and Wilshire
Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles. The officers were conducting an investigation involving two women who had shown indications of being in the midst of a mental health crisis.

While conducting that investigation, the officers saw a man, later identified at 53-year-old David Dixon, yelling at and pushing another man who had been walking southbound on Figueroa Street from 7th Street. Dixon was immediately handcuffed by the officers. They verified Dixon's identification and discovered he had a felony warranty for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

While officers were confirming Dixon's identity, additional officers were preparing to take the two women to a local hospital for an evaluation based on statements they had made to the officers.

As the officers were preparing to leave the area with Dixon and the two women, an estimated group of 50 protestors who were marching in the area surrounded the officers and began chanting "Let them go."

A man in a wheelchair, Joshua Wilson, punched an officer in the face and a use of force occurred between the officers and Wilson. He was taken into custody. During the incident, an officer saw another man, Mario Chacon, try to grab one of the officers' equipment. The officer attempted to stop Chacon and another use of force occurred.

During the confrontation Chacon tried to take a baton from an officer and pushed another officer. At one point, the crowd tried to grab onto Chacon and pull him away from officers who were arresting him for battery on a police officer. Chacon was eventually taken into custody.

A "help call" was broadcast by one of the officers involved in the incident and numerous officers responded to the area. The crowd was told to leave and continue their march.
Chacon, Wilson and Dixon were taken to Central Division Police Station.



While at the station, officers found a loaded firearm in Wilson's backpack which had been on his wheelchair. Wilson was seen by medical personnel prior to being booked for Ex Con with a Firearm. Chacon received medical treatment at a local hospital, was treated and released and booked for Battery on a Peace Officer. Dixon was booked for a felony warrant.
Three officers and one sergeant suffered minor injuries during the incident and received medical treatment.

Arrestee Information:
Mario Chacon, DOB 12/13/89, resident of Glendora, 243(C)PC, bail $0
Joshua Wilson, DOB 11/12/86, resident of Los Angeles, 29800(a)(1)PC, bail $35,000
David Dixon, DOB 2/23/67, resident of Los Angeles, Felony warrant, $50,000

If anyone has anyone has any additional information regarding this crime, contact LAPD Central Area Detectives, at (213) 833-3750. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P-3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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