Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has encouraged citizens to initiate widespread violence against ICE agents, gleefully predicting Rodney King style riots this summer.
Speaking with NPR, Garcetti told listeners that they should rise up and fight the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for conducting raids on illegal immigrants, sex offenders and drug dealers.
“Imagine a parent who’s dropping off their child,” Garcetti told host Maria Hinojosa on “Latino USA.”
“As we’ve seen, ICE officers, ICE agents take that parent away, and it’s videotaped.”
“Imagine if that’s on the sidewalk and students start swarming, and they’re teenagers. It’s dangerous for those agents. It’s dangerous for our city.”
Americanow.com reports: During the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, ICE reportedly made 41,000 arrests with almost three-quarters of those individuals being convicted of a prior, including drug-related charges and sexual abuse.
Latino USA interviewer Maria Hinojosa probed the Mayor, asking about the possible implications of current ICE intervention in “sanctuary” cities, such as Los Angeles, that harbor illegal immigrants.
“As the Mayor of L.A., it has crossed your mind, like, ‘Oh my God,'” said Hinojosa.
“‘The next tinderbox might not be black-white relations, but might end up being immigrant-police-ICE confrontations?’ And then that could lead to an ugly, ugly chapter in L.A.’s life?”
Mayor Garcetti warned against the impression that the 1992 riots left on the city, citing how volatile things can be.
“We just commemorated 25 years since the urban unrest, and we know how quickly things can explode,” said Garcetti
“If something goes wrong I fear a tinderbox out there, where people will suddenly say ‘no,’ and try to defend, keep that person from being taken,” Garcetti said. “That’s a very dangerous situation.”
Garcetti, the grandson of immigrants, spoke on LA’s official position as a sanctuary city.
“If a ‘sanctuary city’ means that your police force will not be deputized or take it upon themselves to enforce immigration law, then absolutely we are and proudly so,” said Garcetti.
In 2014, an estimate put one million of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States in Orange County and Los Angeles County collectively, according to NPR.