UPDATE: LAPD Confirms 2 Officers Were at Sassafras Saloon Party in Hollywood

Sassafras Bar (Courtesy Google Maps)
Photo credit Sassafras Bar (Courtesy Google Maps)

As the U.S. is presently leading the globe in COVID-19 cases and deaths, promptly nationwide shutdowns of beauty salons, barbershops, and nightclubs, a progressive activist group is challenging the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to answer questions about an apparent party allegedly thrown at a bar in Hollywood last Friday night. 

On Wednesday, LAPD confirmed to KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta that two officers were at the "first responder" party at Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood.

.@LAPDHQ confirms two officers were at the "first responder" party at Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood. Investigations continues. Nothing new on this from @lapublichealth. @KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) August 5, 2020

An LASD spokesman told KNX they are looking into the alleged party, but said it is unequivocally no one on their staff. 

The Alcohol and Beverage Commission is investigating the gathering. 

Knock.LA affiliated with the group Ground Game LA posted a video on social media allegedly showing sheriff's personnel arriving for a party at Sassafras Saloon on Vine Street for an "LASD party." 

According to reports by CNN, at least one of the people attending the party was a Los Angeles police officer. However, CNN is not naming the officer.

"If you're so concerned, why don't you call the police," the alleged LAPD officer told a reporter from CNN who tried to observe the party.

We found out the LA's Sheriff's Department (@LASDHQ) was having a party tonight at @SassafrasHW in Hollywood. Several men we believe to be deputies identified themselves by name and verbally confirmed they were attending an LASD function. pic.twitter.com/OQRcPDvGlk

— KNOCK.LA (@KNOCKdotLA) August 1, 2020

KNX reached out to the office LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, who says they are investigating the event. 

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the LAPD are investigating the gathering and attempting to identify if any LAPD employees who may have been in attendance.

"Everybody is either family or works at the same place so that's why we don't have COVID concerns. They micro-group or whatever with each other and everyone's been tested and everything. That's why we all know that everyone in there is cool," the unidentified LAPD officer allegedly told a CNN reporter. 

Los Angeles County currently has about 191,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus with about 4,669 deaths by the virus, as of Sunday afternoon reporting. 

The first video shows people saying their names and claiming not to have a temperature so they can access the party.  In the second video, music can be heard coming from the party venue. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, someone with knowledge of the event, but wanted to remain anonymous, said that "staff members of the bar had been notified that a party involving the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department had been booked for Friday night. About 100 people were expected to attend, according to that person."