Comments by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich about Wednesday's shootings in San Bernardino have elicited ire from Muslim community leaders. But the Republican supervisor insists he stands by his remark.
In a speech to constituents after the shooting, Antonovich said, "The first thing I asked about this incident, was the guy named Muhammad?"
Antonovich, who represents the northern reaches of the county, spoke at the West Ranch Town Council meeting that night and talked about the attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino earlier that day. Brandon Lowrey, a reporter who was at the meeting as a freelancer for the local SCV Reader, tweeted the "Muhammad" comment. Antonovich has confirmed making the comment.