Woman with knife arrested following Buscaino campaign speech in Venice

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino’s mayoral campaign speech on homelessness ended in chaos early Monday morning, June 7, when a woman brandishing a hunting knife moved behind the candidate and was quickly arrested by Los Angeles police officers.

Three plain clothes security officers from the Black Knight Patrol in San Pedro — hired by the campaign after weekend Twitter activity indicated a push for activists to turn out for the event at Venice Beach — spotted the woman first and advised Buscaino to leave the area.

Buscaino was at Venice Beach to announce his Plan for a Safer Los Angeles and had already finished his speech on what will be one of the most high-profile topics in the mayor’s race next year to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The woman was not identified but is believed to be a 19-year-old woman who is homeless and from Portland, Oregon, people associated with the campaign said.

This story is breaking an will be updated.

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