Sheriff’s office has no video of ‘actual incident’ in Jewish man’s fatal injury at rally

LOS ANGELES — A California sheriff’s workplace stated Thursday that investigators shouldn’t have video that reveals the “precise incident” that preceded a Jewish man’s deadly damage as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators had been at an intersection.

Paul Kessler, 69, died Monday, in the future after he struck his head within the fall in Thousand Oaks, a metropolis within the Los Angeles space simply throughout the Ventura County line, officers stated.

Kessler was supporting Israel, a suspect within the case was supporting Palestinians, they usually received into an altercation, the Ventura County sheriff has stated.

Sheriff’s investigators are “working across the clock,” the sheriff’s workplace stated within the assertion Thursday concerning the extremely watched case. There are pictures and video from earlier than and after the incident.

“At present, we shouldn’t have any footage of the particular incident going down, which might be extraordinarily useful on this case and would undoubtedly present or might even refute felony culpability,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.

There had been no arrests as of Thursday night. The suspect, 50, whom officers haven’t publicly recognized, remained on the scene and has been cooperative, Sheriff Jim Fryhoff stated this week.

Kessler suffered a deadly influence to the again of his head from the autumn, Ventura County’s chief health worker, Dr. Christopher Younger, stated Tuesday.

Kessler additionally had an damage to the left aspect of his face that was not deadly however could possibly be in line with a blow, Younger stated.

Fryhoff stated Tuesday that investigators had been looking for out precisely what occurred, together with “whether or not or not there was a blow to the face that brought on the autumn, or if Mr. Kessler fell with out that being the precipitating occasion.”

There are additionally conflicting accounts from witnesses, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

“There was clearly an interplay between the 2, however what that degree of interplay is remains to be unclear,” Fryhoff stated.

A close-by Shell gasoline station has a digicam, however the view of the incident is blocked by an indication exhibiting gasoline costs, Fryhoff has stated. Investigators have been asking anybody with video, together with from automobiles, to return ahead.

Fryhoff stated Tuesday that investigators haven’t been in a position to affirm claims that Kessler was struck within the head by a bullhorn or a megaphone.

“That was a press release that had been made, however we shouldn’t have affirmation of that right now,” he stated on the information convention Tuesday.

Kessler died as a battle between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza has killed hundreds of individuals. Greater than 1,400 folks in Israel had been killed in Oct. 7 assaults by Hamas, and the Well being Ministry in Gaza says greater than 10,000 folks have been killed there.

Amongst these commenting on the incident had been senior politicians in Israel.

Benny Gantz, the opposition chief, who joined a wartime Cupboard, stated that “the homicide of Jewish-American Paul Kessler ought to function a stark warning signal to the entire world.”

Kessler’s demise has been dominated a murder, which suggests somebody died by the hands of one other. It doesn’t by itself counsel wrongdoing.

“We’re in fixed communication with our District Lawyer’s Workplace relating to this case,” the sheriff’s workplace stated Thursday.

This text was initially revealed on NBCNews.com

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