Los Angeles Superspreader task force arrests 182 adults in one day for underground parties
Los Angeles County officials arrested nearly 200 people on Saturday, including participants in a “swinger party” at a warehouse decked out with beds and dancer poles, as part of a massive crackdown on underground “superspreaders” events. “.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Superspreader Task Force on Saturday arrested 182 adults at two shopping locations for violating state lockdown orders amid rising COVID-19 cases.
The crackdown comes as California continues to be a coronavirus hotspot with more than 2.7 million COVID cases and more than 30,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In Los Angeles County alone, there are 932,697 cases of the virus and one person dies every eight minutes from COVID.
The task force was alerted to an adults-only ‘swinger party’ on 61st Street in South Central, where middle-aged guests partied carefree, clad nine in heels, dresses and suits. .
The officers blew up the event by shouting over the loudspeakers of their patrol cars, “The party is over! ”
What pandemic? Los Angeles County officials arrested nearly 200 people on Saturday, including participants in a “swinger party” at a warehouse decked out with beds and dancer poles, as part of a massive crackdown on underground “superspreaders” events. “. A view of the swinger party guests waiting for quotes above
Broken! The task force was alerted to an adults-only ‘swinger party’ at a warehouse on 61st Street in the central south, which was adorned with beds with condoms and dance sticks and where guests were partying. carefree, dressed to perfection in heels, dresses and suits
The party is over: Members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Superspreader task force evacuated party attendees at the swinger event on Saturday
A view of attendees arrested at the swinger party above, queuing for quotes on Saturday
The sheriff’s office shared shocking photos showing long lines of revelers awaiting citations after their underground events erupted on Saturday
A view of people lining up to receive quotes from the LA Sheriff’s Department on Saturday
A view inside the swingers warehouse party reveals that guests did not reflect on the coronavirus crisis but strolled around in beds with condoms, lounge chairs, dance sticks and cages placed on pedestals.
The event violated strict California foreclosure rules under which all citizens are required to stay at home except for authorized work, local shopping and errands, and are discouraged from meeting other households.
“Once we confirmed that there were people there, we responded and detained probably close to 200 people,” Captain Holly Francisco told Fox 11.
The Sheriff’s Department said arrests on Saturday were made at two commercial buildings – the swinger party was in the 600 block of West 61st Street in Vermont-Slauson and the other in the 400 block of West Pico Boulevard in downtown LA.
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced it had made 182 arrests on Saturday.
Fun is everywhere: Department photos show dozens of people lined up, some especially without masks, waiting for MPs to issue quotes after the parties they attended were busted on Saturday
Pay the Price: Partygoers had to queue to get their quotes after their events closed. Two people were arrested on suspicion of promoting the events, while 180 were arrested for violating health orders, the department said. All those arrested have been cited
Two people were arrested on suspicion of promoting the events, while 180 were arrested for violating health orders, the department said. All those arrested have been named.
Shocking photos shared by the department show dozens of people lined up, some notably without masks, waiting for MPs to issue quotes.
The attendees at the downtown LA party were young, dressed in hoodies, crop tops, and casual street wear, while the crowd at the swingers party was much more upscale and older. Several guests were seen covering their faces as they ran out of the room and avoided reporters’ cameras at the scene.
LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said he will take law enforcement action against all underground events that occur anywhere in Los Angeles County.
Inside the swinger party: A view inside the warehouse shows prefabricated beds set up with folded towels and several condoms
Inside the Warehouse Party: The swinger party set-up included lounge chairs, dance poles, and cages on a pedestal
A view of armed officers shutting down the Saturday inside warehouse party above
The party is over ! During Saturday’s crackdown, two people were arrested on suspicion of promoting the events, while 180 were arrested for violating health orders, the department said. All those arrested have been cited
“The goal of these enforcement measures is to reduce the spread of # COVID19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations,” the department shared on Twitter.
The department did not give more details about the events or the arrests.
The task force was formed to enforce LA County health ordinances.
The task force halted five events on New Years Eve, including two in Los Angeles, one in Hawthorne, Malibu and Pomona. A total of 90 adults were arrested and cited and more than 900 others received warnings, according to KTLA.
The quotes come as LA County continues to tackle rising coronavirus cases and increasing pandemic fatigue.
Now, 10 county residents test positive for COVID-19 every minute and on average one person dies from the virus every eight minutes, said public health director Barbara Ferrer.