According to L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Joanna Warren, Sohn admitted to investigators that he frequently poses as a police officer to get respect, KTLA reports.
Authorities reportedly found the 36-year-old man sleeping in a vehicle at around 12:10 a.m. on the 1200 block of North La Brea Avenue, outside of a business which doesn’t allow overnight parking.
“As they made contact with the man to check his welfare, deputies noticed the male was wearing a long sleeve shirt with ‘LAPD’ logo on the front and patches on the sleeves,” states sheriff’s news release.
It was then when the deputies recognized him from the incident at the Black Lives Matter protest on January 31.
In the viral clip uploaded by the BLMLA Twitter account, a man wearing an LAPD uniform was seen making “white power” signs with his hands while yelling “white power” at the family of Albert Ramon Dorsey, a Black man who was fatally shot by police at the Hollywood 24 Hour Fitness gym locker room.
Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of BLM’s L.A. chapter and a professor at Cal State L.A., said the man was harassing the protestors.
It did not take long before Twitter users eventually identified him as Daniel Sohn. It was also confirmed later that he is not actually a member of the LAPD.
Based on inmate records, Sohn is currently being held on $2,500 bail at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station.
Investigators are urging other victims or those with information to contact sheriff’s detectives at 310-855-8850 or submit an anonymous tip via 800-222-8477 or LACrimeStoppers.org.