A California freshman makes waves in DC
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called the death of Paul Kessler at the protests in Thousand Oaks “a blow to our region” amid the global anguish over the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and the ongoing response that has caused thousands of casualties in Gaza.
“We must redouble our efforts to ensure violence and hate are met with accountability and consequences,” Bass said in a statement.
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, who represents the area, tweeted her concern over the incident. She urged residents to “exercise patience and grace while the investigation into this terrible tragedy is concluded.”
Ventura County authorities are investigating the death of Kessler, who was part of a pro-Israel group demonstrating Sunday against a rally in support of the Palestinians. He died Monday, hours after he fell and hit his head on the ground during a confrontation with a Pro-Palestinian demonstrator.
Authorities say it’s being investigated as a homicide but have not yet determined whether it will be treated as a hate crime.
— Forest Hunt