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Three Arrested in Venice Pier Lifeguard Attack

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A lit cigarette might have been the spark that ignited a beach brawl involving a lifeguard that was caught on camera Thursday afternoon at Venice Beach, according to police.

Video of the assault shows the lifeguard climb down from his tower before he was repeatedly hit and knocked to the ground as several passers-by crowded around. The altercation began after someone flicked a lit cigarette into the lifeguard tower, witnesses told police.

At least one man tried to break up the fight as another was heard shouting “police are coming.” Other lifeguards arrived at the scene during the struggle.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection to the beating, according to Lt. Daniel Gonzalez of LAPD’s Pacific Division.

Caught on Camera: Venice Pier Lifeguard Attack

Video captured Thursday July 30, 2015 shows an altercation involving a lifeguard at Venice Pier. Three people were arrested in the attack. Audio has been edited due to strong language. Credit: Romy Dee (Published Friday, July 31, 2015)

“It’s just disgusting, really,” said surfer Kim Ternenyi. “It just makes it sad to come here because you’ve got a bunch of silly people doing things that just ruin it for everybody.”

Another witness called it a street brawl with “a bunch of drunken people.”

Officials said they believe the lifeguard was defending himself. The three suspects arrested on suspicion of battery on a executive officer were believed to be intoxicated, Gonzalez said.  Lifeguards are considered peace officers under California penal code(read more)

NBC Southern California

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