An off-duty cop, videoed shooting his gun during an altercation with a group of teens in Anaheim, sparked a protest that resulted in 24 arrests.
In a 9-minute video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, the officer can be seen struggling to detain a 13-year-old boy around 2:40 p.m. on an Anaheim residential street. The video, captured on a cellphone, shows the group of teens assaulting the officer, as reported by the New York Post.
One teen runs into the officer, causing him to fall backwards over a bush. Another teen gets involved an seems to attempt to strike the officer.
The cop is seen trying to pull the 13-year-old over the hedge when he takes out his weapon, then a single shot is heard. No one was hit by the bullet.
The officer was put on administrative leave while the LAPD investigates the incident. He was not arrested, and is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.
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The 13-year-old was arrested for allegedly making criminal threats and battery. A 15-year-old was arrested for assault and battery.
The 13-year-old was allegedly making threats to shoot the officer. The teen claims that he was saying that he would “sue” the officer, not shoot him.
Anaheim police said in a statement that the altercation began because of ongoing issues the officer had with the teens walking across his property. The department said that the video is not a comprehensive depiction of the confrontation.
Anaheim police added that rumors of a protest are circulation.
“We have received reports of planned protests. Peaceful protests in accordance with the law are perfectly acceptable.”“Acts of violence or vandalism will not be tolerated.”
A protest took place on Wednesday, but it didn’t stay peaceful.
During the protest, a home was spray painted with anti-law enforcement graffiti. It’s still unclear if it was the officer’s house or an unrelated residence. The windows to another home were broken, and a car was vandalized during the demonstration, as reported by ABC7.
Authorities said 10 men, 8 women, three male and three female juveniles were all arrested and face misdemeanor charges resulting from the protest. The charges range from failing to disperse, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
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