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Anger erupts after off-duty cop fires gun on teen walking across yard (VIDEO)

Friday, February 24, 2017 9:45
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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Anaheim after viral images surfaced showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer firing a gun during a fight with a group of juveniles he confronted for walking across his yard.

While more videos of the incident circulate, two teens have been arrested and investigators are still trying to figure out why the off-duty officer, who has not been identified, decided it was necessary to use deadly force.

During a press conference Thursday, city officials called the officer’s actions shocking. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he’s “deeply disturbed and frankly angered by what (the video) shows.”

“The video shows an adult wrestling with a 13-year-old kid and ultimately firing a gun. I am so thankful no one was seriously hurt. It should’ve never have happened. Not in one of our neighborhoods. Not near one of our schools. Now we as a city are left to figure all this out,” Tait said.

The day after the altercation, about 300 people took to the streets in protest, nearly two dozen of who were arrested. Protesters made their way to the officer’s neighborhood, gathering outside of his home, while some angry rioters vandalized the neighborhood.

The Anaheim Police said in a statement no one was struck by gunfire and that the altercation occurred as students cut through the off-duty officer’s year while walking home from school Tuesday.

In one video, the officer holds a teen’s arm as onlookers — mostly other teens — surround the two while they struggle through a yard and argue. As they make their way to some hedges, another teen approaches to try to help the teen and that’s when another teen rushes the officer, pushing him over the hedges.

As the officer picks regains composure, he maintains his grip on the teen and tries pulling him over the hedges. As he does, one boy throws a punch at him and then the officer retrieves a pistol from his waistband. As he pulls the boy over the hedges, that’s when the pistol discharges, sending many onlookers fleeing.

When the video re-focuses, the officer has the teen apprehended with one arm around his chest and his other hand holding the pistol. Some ways away, a group of teens can be seen sitting on a curb next to a squad car and a uniformed officer standing nearby. Then uniformed officers approach and take control of the situation by apprehending the teen and escorting the off-duty officer away.

An attorney for an off-duty officer told local media he had to fire a warning shot because he “feared for his life.” The attorney added the officer was trying to defend himself and his father, who is “severely disabled.”

While it’s unclear if he will face charges or disciplinary actions, LA police referred the case to a specialized Force Investigation Division and an investigator with the department’s Office of Inspector General will also participate in the investigation.

The 13-year-old male involved was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall for criminal threats and battery, and the 15-year-old male was arrested for assault and battery, but was released to his parents.

The Los Angeles Times reports the officer has filed at least one complaint regarding previous run-ins with the teens. Neighbors told the newspaper that the area has always been quiet but has recently been prone to more crime and vandalism.

Edie Gulrich, who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly two decades said the kids have come through and torn up her plants and spray painted graffiti on her fence. “I tell them, ‘I don’t do this to your house so why are you doing it to mine?’” Gulrich said. “And they shrug their shoulders.”

Daniel Terrill contributed to the reporting of this piece

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  • Anonymous

    First, if this officer want to kill or harm the kid he would do it, but he was firing in to the air. Second, if you would teach your kids to respect other peoples properties and actually respect adults these kids would not be in this situation. In the video the kid was acting like a gang member with all the swearing and he was threatened the police officer to kill him. And immediately the leftist media made from it big deal and going nuts, instead to look deeper to the situation. I have 5 children and they all went through public school and my oldest sun went through similar situation just without the gun. He was in the middle school and he had a problems with the latinos students. Because he is white, they were picking on him, through the rocks and they did it where the cameras were not present. They always were in group ( 5-6). When I found out I told him to tell the principal, but he told me it will be the worst. Then I told him to stand up against them and that he will not get in troubles from us. And he did, he took one guy in the restroom and beat him up they were one on one. The next day these morons offered my son to be their friend. I went to school and talked to the principal, he was telling me that they will talk to the kids if my son will tell their names, but he did not want to be a rat. I think some times when you stand up for your self its better then to be a victim all the time. And I see these days the liberals are raising feminine boys that they can’t stand up to evil , and they just vining and crying( good example when Trump won). This officer were surrounded by the same gangs, and to fire in the air it was the best solution for him. And as a parent I would kick my kid ass if I would find out that hi was attacking the officer and not respect his property. I understand a mother of this boy, but when she is saying that hi is the good boy and standing out of troubles I don’t believe her. Good boys don’t do these things. I am sorry for my English, still learning.

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