Officials said that authorities are conducting an investigation after a man was discovered dead in a tent on Friday at the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
According to Officer William Cooper, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, police were summoned to the Ocean Front Walk and Dudley Avenue areas at around 3:20 p.m.
Cooper stated that a 49-year old man was found inside a tent suffering from blunt force trauma to his head by responding officers.
The man was declared dead by paramedics on the spot.
Cooper suggested that he could have been at the beachside campment, which has been a hot topic of debate for the past few weeks. However, he was not identified on Friday evening.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva had sent his deputies to the boardwalk — which is under LAPD’s jurisdiction — earlier this month to complain that city officials aren’t doing enough to address the growing homelessness crisis on the boardwalk. He ties it to an increase of crime.
Villanueva stated that his goal was to remove all encampments by July 4. However, advocates claim that forcibly removing people will not address the root causes.