Mon. Aug 3rd, 2020

L.A. County Deputies Under Investigation For Throwing A Mask-less Party In A Closed Bar In Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a report that some deputies and first responders threw a raucous, mask-optional party Friday at a popular saloon in Hollywood, officials said Saturday.

“It was not an official event,” Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau told City News Service. “We’re looking into it further. I think we’re looking to put something (a news release) together.”

According to various reports by Knock.LA and KCRW reporter Cerise Castle, the event occurred sometime Friday at the Sassafras Saloon, on 1233 Vine St., an 80-year-old Southern- themed bar with live music played from a second-floor balcony.

Bars have been closed by order of Gov. Gavin Newsom since late June as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The website KnockLA posted a video that allegedly showed people arriving for “the LASD party” and being asked if they had a temperature before they were admitted. Footage from later in the night appeared to show a jam-packed bar with music and dancing, with few attendees wearing masks.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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