YouTuber Shot While Live-Streaming 'First Amendment Audit'

A security guard shot a YouTuber who was filming a synagogue as part of a live-stream on Thursday, with thousands of followers watching the events as they unfolded live. 

Warning: the above video contains language and graphic moments.

Zhoie Perez, who runs the YouTube channel Furry Potato, began filming a security guard outside a Los Angeles synagogue on Thursday as part of a "First Amendment audit," a practice in which people film guards and law enforcement officers to test their reactions and knowledge of the First Amendment. Perez says: "It’s not only about shining a light on the crooked bad cops, but shining an even brighter light on the good cops... You put yourself in places where you know chances are the cops are going to be called. Are they going to uphold the Constitution, uphold the law, or break the law?” Perez says she initially began filming the Etz Jacob Congregation and Ohel Chana High School for its architecture, but turned it into an audit after a security guard aggressively confronted her.

In the approximately 40-minute video, the guard, Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, draws his weapon for several minutes, before firing a shot around the four-minute mark that grazes Perez' leg, followed by the guard yelling that it was a "warning shot." In a comment on the video, Perez' wife says she was detained during the encounter due to the guard calling police and lying about the events, but police did not charge her with any crime and eventually arrested the guard and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. 

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“First amendment audit” kind of sounds like entrapment.

Hopefully that cop will get fired and sued or some jail time.

A First Amendment audit sounds really stupid, but it doesn't threaten anybody. It's just video. Anybody who feels "threatened" by a video camera, enough to fire a shot like this guard, should not be in a job in which they carry a gun. They are in the wrong job.

David Justice's picture

I don't like random people recording me with no reason why. It just puts you in a reactionary state like okay what's going on. Am I about to be pranked? Are they about to do something? It's not great.

That being said what the security guard did is stupid, awful, and he should get jail time for this obviously.

But being put in a "first amendment check" for no reason is a really creepy, weird thing to do. Don't do it. It's dumb.

Danny Boyd's picture

They were charges with a felony assault with a deadly weapon. He will never be able to get a handgun licence for the rest of his life.

A security guard is not a cop. They're glorified bouncers, but some of them could be police officers moonlighting for a little extra money.

Simon Patterson's picture

The two guys are as crazy as each other.

steve E's picture

No part of the video showed the guard aiming or firing. Without knowing more it's entirely possible the security guard had a negligent discharge and it's possible due to the total lack of gunshot injury the camera holder was hit by shrapnel and not a bullet and that's if a shot was even fired at all. Police officer "I'm going to move your hand, I don't see any blood"

Are you out of your mind? You can see the guard getting ready to shoot at 4:03. You can hear the shot at 4:07. And after the shot he says it was a "warning shot". He actually explains his own stupid actions. That is 100% intentional. Why was that moron so determined to shoot at someone making a video?!

The guard is clearly seen fire a shot to the ground. He stated that it was a warning shot, and pretended that nobody was hurt. It's pretty irresponsible to fire a shot to the ground in an area like that. That security guard is in trouble.

Rodford Smith's picture

Yeah, "warning shot" is found far more in fiction than real life. Police use was officially abandoned as foolish decades ago. If the situation justifies use of lethal force, someone's life is in danger and the shot needs to be for real. One officer noted that besides wasting ammunition and endangering bystanders, a warning shot was going to put a fleeing suspect into afterburner, rather than make them stop.

About the only valid use is to scare off an aggressive animal, which won't recognize what a gun is but could be driven away by the sound. Even that is reserved for isolated areas.

Completely agree. It's equally dangerous to shoot to the ground or the air in a populated area.

David Love's picture

How many times are people going to try and get internet famous by doing something stupid? Approaches a security guard close enough to possibly get hit by a ricochet, wearing a backpack and silently filming without saying anything. Bombs go in backpacks and some of these guys were in the service in the middle east where they love to film service men being attacked or bombed.

So is the plan to approach an officer with a camera as close as you can without saying anything and wait til they give enough warnings before they act, so you can film what they do after? All while screaming "Everyone share this video! Don't forget to like my page! Hit the like button!" Why not yell out your page url as well in case the video gets shared? Better yet wear a shirt like nascar with all your sponsors on it? This "let's go mess with some cops to video what they do" era needs to end. It's not news.

Jacques Cornell's picture

The plan is to make recordings in public and find out who's going to violate the First Amendment about it. Plan worked. One more gun-toting loonie identified.

These “auditors” are nothing but paycheck chasers. They do no service to the public. They put LEOS and their families at risk! I have no respect for them. If they want to become famous then do it another way, but harassing people for doing their job is stupid. Sure this guard was dumb, that said with all the attacks on Jewish temples lately, I can see how he was edge. And these people test the limits as far as they can go! Not ok, and most of them are very rude with no manners. I don’t use the word hate that much, but I hate auditors. They are scum bags.

Yavor Kapitanov's picture

Stupid is stupid, what else is there to say...

michaeljin's picture

I think that the guard needs to have his gun license taken away at very least, but I can't feel much sympathy for the idiot that got shot... When you test people, there's always a chance that the person might fail the test. That's why most people with a shred of sense wouldn't test a person with a firearm.

Walt Polley's picture

Dang! Almost another idiot to add to the Darwin Challenge

Crystal Johnson's picture

I really wish it would say grazed, not shot. She was not shot directly, the bullet ricochet off the ground, and a fragment grazed her leg. It's a superficial wound, and not at all dire like she portrayed it to be. Not condoning what that moron guard did, but she too is an idiot for 'auditing' places for internet fame. You can also tell that guard had no weapon training as he ducked like someone scared of their weapon when he pulled the trigger. So, all in all, places should stop hiring two-bit sham guards and SJWs should stop trying to agonize security.

A "warning shot" at someone making video?! That's really messed up. Illegal, crazy assault. That security guard needs to find a new job quickly — a job that does not involve any guns.

Mr Hogwallop's picture

Hopefully in the Twin Towers cafeteria.

Jonathan Brady's picture

Stupid people partaking in stupid things with a stupid ending.
When can we make "above average IQ" a requirement to procreate?

Rob Davis's picture

Could someone test the 1st Amendment without picking on a minority group that has to hire armed security like this because they’ve been targeted for violence so many times?

Still, there’s no such thing as warning shots in the US under the law. You must be in imminent danger and shoot only at that imminent danger.

Dana Goldstein's picture

When synagogues are regularly targeted, and 11 people are shot in cold blood in one in Pittsburgh, hell yeah there are security guards at synagogues. Sure they need better training and this one probably should have IN RETROSPECT acted differently. But if this had in fact been Pittsburgh Part II Gd forbid, what would you be saying about a security guard who did nothing? My friends' daughters were inside that building as this was happening. I'm totally ok with the creepy YouTuber getting a warning shot.

michaeljin's picture

Not owning a firearm, I'm not really up to date on my gun laws, but are you even allowed to fire a "warning shot"?

You are something special to think that your friend's daughters were in more danger of the camera woman than the guard himself...

You should be a lot more cautious and attentive of the law overstepping their duty, considereing all the trauma it caused your community.

The fact that you are so willfully ok with a facist response to such benin act of mild civil disruption (and let's be honest, she wasn't disrupting much) is disturbing.

Jacques Cornell's picture

A security guard who "did nothing" when there was no imminent threat would be called "a professional".

Tony Clark's picture

The shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue was not too long ago, why would this idiot think that anything good could come out of this stunt? Perhaps he should come up with a safer endeavor. While we’re talking about idiots, why would the guard draw his weapon? He was not being threatened, it was simply someone with a video camera.

Tony Clark's picture

You would think that if someone is going to vote a response down, they would post a reason why.

Manny Pandya's picture

Wondering what this has to do with photography. Yea, he had a camera rolling, but when a man bludgeons another man with a hammer, or maybe a man wearing a hi-vis vest, I'd guess it's not covered in the professional contractor or construction industry blogs. Just my 2-cents.

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