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.