West Covina officials not laughing over video spoof
The skit, which has received nearly a million hits on YouTube since it was posted in June, pokes fun at police harassment, KTLA-TV reports.
It shows five men dressed as police officers pulling over an unsuspecting driver, their West Covina patches partly visible. The officers run out of two police cars and surround the driver, pointing their guns at him.
They yell, "Where's the little girl? Where's the little girl? You know what we're talking about."
When he begins to sob, one officer pokes him in the chest and finally says, laughing, "There's the little girl!"
The officers then dash away in their cars, firing their guns in the air. According to KTLA, no West Covina police officers appear in the video, but two police department employees who helped make the skit are seen in it.
City councilmembers were upset by the attention. They told the TV station the video was apparently filmed without a permit and used taxpayer resources.
Councilmember Mike Touhey said he wants to sue the video's producer and any city employee who participated. The police department has launched an internal investigation and the City Council plans to discuss the video at its next meeting Tuesday.
-- Esmeralda Bermudez
Photo: An image from the video spoofing West Covina police. Credit: KTLA-TV