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Off-Duty LAPD Cop Fires Gun During Altercation With Teens, Protests Erupt
24 February 2017, 12:53 | Leonard Manning
Off-Duty Cop Fires Gun During Altercation With A 13-Year-Old
The crowd dispersed but not before 24 people - 10 men, eight women and six juveniles - were arrested for misdemeanors, including failure to disperse, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest, Wyatt said.
The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that the video was deeply disturbing, and said investigators need to explain why the boys were arrested, but not the officer who fired the shot.
Police reported several acts of vandalism, including broken windows and anti-police graffiti. That account is disputed in the video by the boy himself and by the boy's parents.
Anaheim and Los Angeles police were investigating the incident and the officer was cooperating, Wyatt said. A confrontation ensued and the officer apparently tried to detain a 13-year-old. This is my son - he is 13 years old, he was not armed.
The Orange County District Attorney, however, rejected the charges against the children. "He's not really wanting to talk about the incident, he says he's okay, but we did take him to the hospital", he said. "Him being an officer".
No one was injured by the gun, but Los Angeles police officials toldBuzzFeed News they are conducting an administrative review of the incident.
Police said the shot did not hit anyone. Generally, those shootings have occurred as on-duty police officers respond to reports of crimes that fall within the scope of their duty, rather than in-person altercations while off the clock. More than a dozen people, mostly apparent teens, are present.
The LAPD officer has been reassigned to a desk job, which is routine in an officer-involved shooting.
The clip does not reveal how the incident began, but shows the teen repeatedly telling the cop to let him go.
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In a almost 9-minute video posted on Facebook, the officer, who was not identified, struggles to detain the teen as a crowd of teenagers forms nearby.
"All I said was, "Respect the girl, ' because you said, 'Get out of my property".
"The little kid said, 'I'm going to sue you, ' and then the guy thought he said, 'I'm going to shoot you, ' " the 16-year-old said. "I didn't do anything to hurt you", the teen says.
The boy said he and two friends, a boy and a girl, were walking together when the girl started walking on the officer's yard, "and he started calling her names, like, cussing at her". The officer says the teen had threatened to shoot him, which the child denies. You could have said just please get off my lawn. "I'm only like freakin' 13!" The officer then discharged his firearm once.
In July 2012, protests erupted in Anaheim after the killing of 25-year-old Manuel Angel Diaz, a Latino man who was unarmed at the time.
It was at that point that the officer, with one hand still on the 13-year-old, reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun. A single gunshot can be heard about three seconds later.
The officer can be seen pulling the teen over the hedge as the person recording and other witnesses run away from the scene.
Other teens, many wearing backpacks, are watching. A helicopter arrives, drowning out much of the sound in the video, and eventually a squad vehicle pulls up.
The LAPD has refused to identify the off-duty officer, but did confirm that he is employed by the Police Department.
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