A black actor who was violently arrested at gunpoint at the crowded Glendale Galleria just north of downtown Los Angeles last Wednesday, says he was racially profiled by police looking for a pair of knock-knock burglars following a high-speed chase.
Darris Love, 38, who acted in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER, and the 1990s Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack, said police handcuffed him in front of news cameras that had followed the wild police chase. Love claims he asked the officers to review mall security cameras to prove he had been shopping with his girlfriend. Instead, police cuffed him, put him in the back of a patrol car and detained him for five hours of questioning. He was released a few hours later.
On Tuesday (June 12), Love and his attorneys announced the filing of a legal claim against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, alleging that deputies identified him as a suspect in the burglary even though he and his girlfriend had been shopping at the mall during the crime and the ensuing chase.
Police had reportedly been looking for two or three burglary suspects who allegedly knocked on people’s doors in search of homes where no one was present. The sheriff’s department issued a statement acknowledging that detectives with its Major Crimes Bureau witnessed a residential burglary nearby and notified the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Mr. Love closely resembled the individual who left the scene of the burglary,” according to the sheriff’s department. “While Glendale police officers were searching the mall area for the burglary suspects, Mr. Love was seen running away not far from the area where the pursuit terminated towards an illegally parked vehicle.
Love claims he was walking through a parking garage with his girlfriend at the time to get his parking ticket validated when he was taken into custody at gunpoint.
No other suspects were apprehended, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.