V. James DeSimone Law joins forces with Ben Crump to represent hookah lounge security guard

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., Oct. 21, 2022 – Civil Rights Attorney V. James DeSimone is teaming up with nationally recognized Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump in representing a security guard whose brutal arrest by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies was captured on a witness’ video that has gone viral.

A press conference will be held Friday with the attorneys representing the security guard, Blake Anderson, along with his family. Anderson will not attend the event, which is set for 2:30 p.m. at Community Build Leimert Park, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles.

“Blake Anderson was severely beaten for no reason and had a gun put to his head by Sheriff’s deputies in a videotaped extreme beating that has gone viral worldwide. Our legal team looks forward to representing Mr. Anderson and holding Sheriff’s deputies accountable for this vicious and violent beating,” stated Crump, DeSimone and personal injury attorney Jasmine Mines in a joint statement.

The violent Oct. 16 arrest left Anderson, 24, without vision in his right eye. Earlier this year he’d injured his eye and it was just beginning to regain vision, DeSimone said. Now, it appears he will lose his eye due to the additional trauma sustained in the arrest.

The incident occurred outside Good Batch Hookah Lounge in Inglewood, where Anderson was working security.

“The video not only shows the deputy put a gun right to Mr. Anderson’s head, that same deputy intentionally and forcefully can be seen slamming Mr. Anderson’s head into the sidewalk with a huge amount of force,” DeSimone said. “This incident demonstrates Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is out of control escalating violence where none is needed.”

A civil rights lawsuit will be filed in the coming weeks.

Los Angeles civil rights attorney V. James DeSimone has dedicated his 36-year law career to providing vigorous and ethical representation to achieve justice for those whose civil and constitutional rights are violated.

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