VIDEO: Footage of Isla Vista Mob Scene Released

Sheriff’s Deputies Used Pepper Spray and Batons to Break Up Crowd

Originally published 12:00 p.m., March 11, 2014
Updated 1:30 p.m., March 11, 2014
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A YouTube user has uploaded video footage of the near-riot that erupted in Isla Vista on Saturday shortly after a man was stabbed in the stomach on Del Playa Drive. The video depicts 21-year-old Otis Dezjuan Washington dancing on the roof of a passing car before he’s chased down and arrested by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies. Another clip, initially posted on Facebook but then taken down, later showed the crowd chanting “Fuck the police! Fuck the police!” before backup deputies arrived.



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Actually, the first post does not show Washington jumping on the taxi, but shows him already dancing on the roof of that car. Who knows what happened prior to his dancing, that is not shown.

And then the deputies pull him down and chase him and then hit him.

White deputies chasing, beating, and arresting a young black man for dancing on the roof of car. Well, it is not at all hard to understand why the crowd changes `F*** the police'.

You can hear the people near the videographer saying `this is a disgrace'. Remember, in April 1970, UCSB student Kevin Moran tried hard to prevent the second burning of the temporary Bank of America, with a group of 5 or so other students. Kevin was shot to death by a SB City Police officer. Initially law enforcement claimed it was some sort of hippie sniper in their initial press release. Eventually the truth came out at a Coroner's inquest, the whole truth: that Kevin had responded to a plea by the UCSB Student President over the radio to *protect* the bank, and with others put out the fires several times.

IV residents are not easy to characterize. But mistakes by Law Enforcement (like shooting Kevin Moran) have been just as frequent in IV as have been stupid and dangerous behavior by students.

I can't yet judge this incident.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Forget the proposed gang injunction in Santa Barbara, we need an injunction in ISLA VISTA.

killuminati (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What would have happened here if pot were legal instead?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is a much more deep-seated issue and represents the public disdain and mistrust of public authority. Most people probably thought the cops were there to break up a party, not to capture a violent attacker.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Of course the most important thing to learn here........Turn your iPhone horizontal to landscape when you are capturing video!!

tonyclifton666 (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 3:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The kid ran like a fool, no wonder he got taken down and rightly so. Given all the lawlessness there i.e. rapes, stabbings etc.,etc., etc. I'm surprised the cops have not clamped down earlier. As a matter of fact its partly their fault the have let IV get to the nasty point it has gotten to.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 4:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I guess that being a college student you are afforded special privileges to act like jack@@@es.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 11, 2014 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

cop is lucky he didn't get his a$$ kicked.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 4:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm a little curious why the cops were so focussed on the crowd and a guy dancing when there was apparently a violent attacker on the loose?

And sort of, AZ2SB, being on Del Playa whether a college student or not affords you the ability to be a jack ass to some extent. I'm not advocating any type of real property destruction but what I am saying is that there are dozens of blocks in IV that you can live on and out of all of them that one in the video is the most expensive. Nobody is being forced to live there and anybody who chooses to live there either likes to act like a jack ass from time to time or is entertained by watching other people act like jackasses so much that they want to live in the middle of the chaos for a year or two.

It's actually a good thing if you think about it. If you go to many other college towns you have more college students mixed with the general population more like at SBCC. You know how that one landlord always gets complaints for renting to foreign students who party a lot? They have news stories on it once in a while on this website. Well, if IV didn't concentrate all of the students into that small area, they would be spread out and you would have all those kids partying out in Goleta. It would be a nightmare for the people of Goleta and it would be less preferable for the students. By giving up IV to the students and letting them have their party town, it puts a big cushion between them and the rest of the town so they can be noisy and act however they want in a place where it is acceptable to the people around them.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I can assure you if a cop gets his ass kicked by a mob in IV there would be a clamp down of biblical proportions. Have fun while you can in IV but don't be stupid. Those cops live in the real world, they do not care a bit if mommy and daddy think you are princes and princesses. They will unload a clip in you if they feel their life is in danger.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 10:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How can pardallchewinggumspot compare a bunch of drunken lawless punks, to students protesting in the 70's!
What happened in the 70's was a sad period of our history, and both sides were wrong. Sorry I don't see why UCSB and the students put up with this behavior, but I guess it's cool to act like an ass.

mesadad (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Looks like a killer party brahhhhh

bigsunami44 (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 10:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

JamPenn, I totally agree and perhaps a clampdown is needed. Hopefully it doesn't come to that. My point was that with just one cop and everyone swarming looked like a recipe for disaster.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A clampdown on what exactly?? Who cares about what happened in the video?? I thought we were concerned about the stabbings and the rapes, why does ANYBODY give a crap about some guy on DP dancing on a car and a crowd giving cops a hard time unless you live and park on DP??

I thought we already discussed this and figured out that the reason why there is more violent behavior in IV is because they clamped down on parties and alcohol 8 years ago? Now instead of going out to party buzzed and then drinking more at parties, mostly watery keg beer, everybody has to get completely trashed before they even go out because most parties don't serve alcohol. There is also more hard drug use and anti-social behavior as a result. THIS IS YOUR CLAMP DOWN IN ACTION!! YOUR ATTITUDE IS TO BLAME!!

Further clamping down on non-violent behavior will only make the violent behavior worse. The cops need to ignore the guy acting like an idiot and the open keg parties and go back to looking for rapists and violent confrontations. The reason why this stuff is happening is because the cops are too distracted with things that don't matter.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, mesadad, as far as I can tell the burning of the bank in Feb. 1970 wasn't any different than this incident. The bank burning started because a student was drinking wine from a bottle on the way back from the Kunstler speech, and the deputies didn't like it. Eventually the SoCal disrespect for authority raged up, the deputies were driven out of town, and the bank was burned.

Lots of myth making has transpired since then, but teenage rage is to me the most likely explanation of the 1970 riots in IV. And deputies getting too righteous, and going too far, like killing Kevin Moran, who was actually defending the (second) bank from arsonists.

Another thread has been `zero-tolerance' for black students, whether in 1968 or 1991, when the deputies misjudged a gathering of black students in the parking lot of the old Anaconda (the site of the rebuilt BofA, now Embarcadero Hall) for a riot and falsely called a `man down', resulting in another mess.

Washington was pretty stupid to dance on the top of a car with deputies all around. And stupid to run. Or maybe afraid of the usual whomping that white deputies apply to young black men who misbehave and act stupid.

Sometime someone will post video of what happened in the run-up to the Washington car-top dance. Then a more accurate judgement can be made. Until then I think Washington is mainly guilty of stupid dancing while black or brown.

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I see a Razzie in someone's future . . .

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If what is going on in IV now is considered a clamp down, I don't want to be around when it is lifted. I don't think anyone is denying them a good time but when they start causing property damage or fighting people that means it has gotten out of control and it is the duty of those police to take action. Some drunk people get stupid and make bad choices. The cops need to be around to protect innocent people from getting hurt. If someone was dancing on your car crushing your cars top and a cop was right there wouldn't you want him to stop it? You would be pretty livid if the cop just ignored it. What if Washington just got down, really what is the worst thing that would happen. He might get a fine and pay for damages and spend the night in a drunk tank. Big F'en deal, man up, lesson learned and now he has a story for his friends. Thats the price you pay when you act the fool. When you run from the cops you can pretty much count on getting your face slammed into the ground and a knee in your back, that is the price you pay for running from the cop. If you don't like your face slammed in the ground or the rough stuff after, don't run, plain and simple.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
March 12, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Want to understand why a black kid runs from the deputies?


Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam .

pardallchewinggumspot (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Article: Making Cop-worship Mandatory


JamPenn is asking everybody to literally get down on their knees
and worship the authority the police have over us mundanes.


I will be the first to admit that if you run from the cops you will get f'd up, but I will be the last person in the world to say that is a positive thing or that anybody who runs from the police 'deserves' to get beaten up. That's just like saying somebody in the Holocaust who tried to escape the concentration camps should have expected to get caught by the guards and therefore deserved to die in a gas chamber. There is a huge lack of critical thought in making this type of statement.

Jam, NOBODY including myself will disagree that there should be some police presence to help protect people from getting hurt. Property damage and fighting are wrong. It's not an excuse to limit the freedom of everybody in IV, but these are certainly things that the cops should be looking out for. However, in this case, it seems the cops rather than focusing on the violent attacker became incensed with the gathering crowd which they should have ignored. They created the situation that caused the guy to dance on the car, it never should have happened. In fact, I'll bet if you ask the person whose car was being danced on, they would have a much bigger problem with the police presence that caused the incident than the person dancing on their car.

The 'crack down' is on the freedom of individuals who are respecting others' rights to go to a private residence open to others and drink alcohol. This in itself is causing entirely way too many problems. It is causing students to binge drink much more and in smaller groups before they go out to party instead of warming up with their friends and going out to get more drunk at parties, which results in less binge drinking. So in effect, you see, the "crack down" is making things worse.

They didn't start cracking down on open serving of alcohol until around 2006 and that is about the time these issues began to get worse.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt you are bat s*&t crazy. Here is how I know - 1. I never asked everybody to get down on their knees and worship the authority the police. Not even literally or implied. That is your f*^ked up interpretation and it is wrong. 2. I never said anybody "deserves" to be be beaten up. Those words were not written, they were not thought by me or would they have been interpreted that way by any reasonable person. Once again your interpretation is f%*ked. #3 and easily the most offensive is that you brought up the Holocaust. This clinches it for me as to your F'd mental state and reasoning. You have used the most wrong and cliched crutch of weak arguments all the world around. Your analogy is weak at best. Where is the concentration camp? Who are the guards? Where are the gas chambers? How can you dare to compare the Holocaust to anything, or any situation, to what we have here in the United States. You have seriously besmirching the memories of millions by your weak comparison.You should be embarrassed and ashamed. Your probably one of those people that also throws out the word "Nazi" to anyone that treats you wrong for any reason. Please stop doing any Holocaust analogies, its not right in any way, shape or form. The only lack of critical, let alone reasonable, thought is being done by you.

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 1:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is there a statement by the cops saying why they were concerned about Washington dancing on the roof of that car?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 2:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

JamPenn, I was referring to your statement, "When you run from the cops you can pretty much count on getting your face slammed into the ground and a knee in your back, that is the price you pay for running from the cop. If you don't like your face slammed in the ground or the rough stuff after, don't run, plain and simple."

Although true it doesn't come off sounding like you have a big problem with that from your statement.

I have no problem using Holocaust or Nazi analogies when it comes to people worshiping authority because that is the type of attitude that leads to government atrocities occurring, whether slowly over time or in actual nazi style concentration camps. In fact we have concentration camps all over our country right now. They are called prisons. About half the people in our prisons are non-violent drug offenders who are being held captive. The reason is because too many people in our country worship government authority and don't believe in individual liberty. I will compare them to nazis until the cows come home and there are a lot more than 6 million people in our prison system if you include those on supervised parole, not that numbers matter, we are talking about attitudes that lead to atrocities.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 4:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm sure the Sheriffs were concerned about a drunken bozo dancing on the roof of that car, and possibly damaging it, becuse if he fell off and injured himself he might sue them for allowing him to do it.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
March 13, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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