WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) — A 36-year-old man sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot of a business has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer.
Patrolling deputies approached the vehicle just after midnight Friday to investigate because overnight parking is prohibited on that business property, the sheriff’s department reported.
“As they made contact with the man to check his welfare, deputies noticed the male was wearing a long-sleeve shirt with an LAPD logo on the front and patches on the sleeves,” a sheriff’s statement said.
The deputies determined that he was not an officer of any law enforcement agency and arrested him, according to the sheriff’s department.
“During the deputies’ investigation, they recognized the person from a recent video posted on social media (that) shows the same male they were speaking to claiming to be a police officer to a group of people,” the sheriff’s statement said.
Video of the suspect, identified as Daniel Sohn, showed him wearing a T-shirt with the LAPD logo and shouting “white power” at a Black Lives Matter rally outside a gym on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on Jan. 31 while he made what protesters claimed were white power symbols with his hands. Activists were protesting the death of a man who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer inside the gym in October.
After the incident, the LAPD tweeted the shirt Sohn was wearing was not official department gear.
“The apparel worn by the individual, specifically the T-shirt with LAPD insignia, is not department issued and is accessible to the public,” police said. “We will be working with our Entertainment Trademark Unit to ensure violations of our trademark on apparel are addressed.”
In 2014, Sohn was featured in a 2014 TV news report in Denver for allegedly trying to ditch his dog at an animal shelter twice in the same day, CBS2 reported.
The LAPD says Sohn has never been an officer with the department.
Bail for Sohn was set at $2,500, according to sheriff’s inmate records.