Protesters Descend On Anaheim, Demand Arrest Of LAPD Officer

Protesters march through Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2017, demanding that authorities arrest an off-duty LAPD officer who fired his gun during a confrontation with some teens on Feb. 21.

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) – Scores of protesters clashed with police in the streets of Anaheim Wednesday night as they called for the arrest of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video firing his gun during a confrontation with teens outside his Anaheim home Tuesday afternoon.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at 7 p.m. near Disneyland, bringing traffic to a standstill in the busy area for hours. Anaheim police advised the public to avoid the area as officers with riot gear were deployed. What initially began as peaceful protests eventually gave way to violence, as protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers. At one point, one man shoved two officers and was shot with a less-than-lethal beanbag.

The protesters also threw rocks at the home of the LAPD officer, spray-painted his garage and scratched a pickup truck in the driveway. Some protesters mistakenly tagged another home in the neighborhood, wrongly thinking it belonged to the LAPD officer.

The incident in question occurred at the intersection of Euclid Street and Palais Road at around 2:40 pm. Tuesday when an unidentified officer attempted to detain at least one teen, according to police.

The confrontation began over “ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer’s property”, according to a statement from the LAPD, which also stated that during the confrontation, a 13-year-old boy allegedly threatened to shoot the off-duty officer, at which time the officer attempted to detain him until Anaheim police arrived on scene.

Upon their arrival, officers contacted the off-duty officer, who admitted to discharging his firearm during an altercation with at least two individuals, police said. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.

“At the end of the day, he should know better,” said one woman Wednesday night. “He was taught and trained on how to uphold the law. So why does he get to break the law now?”

Video footage of the incident appeared to show the officer being increasingly threatened by a crowd of teenagers gathered at the scene, including one boy seen in the video throwing a punch at the officer and another who attempted to tackle the officer while his back was turned.

The 13-year-old suspect was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall for criminal threats and battery, while a 15-year-old boy was arrested for assault and battery and later released to his parents.

The off-duty officer cooperated with the ongoing investigation by Anaheim police and was not be arrested. In a statement Wednesday night, the LAPD said it’s Force Investigation Division is conducting its own internal investigation into the actions of the officer, who has been placed on administrative leave.

“The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures,” the LAPD said.

You can watch cell phone video of the confrontation below. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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  1. Chris Forte says:

    I saw the video of the “confrontation,” (more like the off-duty officer getting assaulted) and read the report, and the off-duty officer in question did nothing wrong. He had every right to defend himself and his property. This mob of thugs and terrorists just want anarchy and want other tugs to be able to victimize people and get away with it.

  2. Jason Morey says:

    It looked to me more like those kids were trying to defend their friend from a deranged lunatic who was attempting to kidnap him.

  3. You forgot to mention that the teenagers were walking down the sidewalk when a 13 year old girl stepped on the lawn, that the cop brandished and threatened teenagers on their way home from school, that he fired a shot one block from a Elementary School, two blocks from a Jr. High School, three blocks from a High School, six blocks from another High School, three blocks from a public library, one block from a park with total disregard to the safety of non involved citizens and children. If he was a civilian he would have went straight to jail.

  4. The gun coming out was totally appropriate, and it would have been justified had the cop shot several of those thugs. This looks like an accidental discharge though. Sometimes you bump the trigger when you’re being assaulted. Hopefully 4 or 5 of those kids go to jail and soon, learn some lessons their parents failed to teach them.

  5. Cora Frances says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s more to this event before the video started rolling. Who knows, may have been a repeat offender trashing a neighborhood and finally gets confronted by the property owner who has every right to defend his property and himself. Of course, this will only bring out the bandwagon thrashers and cause riots in Anaheim…… Deport them ALL!

    1. You’re disgusting. Watch the video of the cop grabbing the 13 YEAR OLD MINOR CHILD and not letting him go. Then, when his friends try to help, after several minutes of the 13 YEAR OLD MINOR CHILD being dragged across the lawn by an off duty Police officer, the guy pulls out a gun and discharges it! And the 13 YEAR OLD MINOR CHILD is arrested, and all you can say is deport them? Go back to church and pray for your own forgiveness.

  6. Cora, cover up please. That profile photo is shameful. Perhaps, you should be the one getting deported for being immoral and perverted.

  7. princetonamf says:

    I am discouraged by your written coverage of the video. You mention “Video footage of the incident appeared to show the officer being increasingly threatened by a crowd of teenagers gathered at the scene…” but you failed to mention the officer dragged the boy by the clothing, and refused to let go when asked, repeatedly. The teenagers were responding to the kid being yanked and pulled. If the police officer had a problem with their behavior, he could video it, and report it that way. He claims this is an ongoing problem, therefore, the kids should be easy to find later. He should not drag a kid by the clothing, he should not pull out a gun and threaten kids with a deadly weapon, and he should not have discharged the gun. From the footage I saw, the police officer escalated the situation, and he should know better.

  8. Nazi filth in the comments wanting the kids punished for defending each other (and because they are non-white).

    A little girl takes a short cut across a lawn, a guy comes to curse her out and a 13 year old boy has the guts to confront him then gets roughed up by the guy and his friends come to back him up.

    A bullet could easily have ricocheted into any of the bystanders. Ridiculous.

  9. Mark Gleman says:

    I’m retired law enforcement, what happened there is inexcusable and a trespass without warning, (not even criminal), was escalated to Felony Battery by a/the Police Officer and assault with a deadly weapon… No excuse, not even in LA where everyone knows to FEAR the Police… I was a LEO in Miami, not as bad as LA, but close enough, we’ve had our own issues reference abuse; all officers involved must be made an example of, if not, you nice LA citizens know what to do…! If the Mayor. Chief, Courts won’t represent you at times like this; I can only tell you what I would do as a citizen with no voice and no representation and it was one of my children or a friends child… That PoPo(s) house would always be in need of new and major repairs and the streets of Anaheim would show millions of dollars of damage, everyday, until your protect and serve police show some concern for someone other than themselves or just quit because they are tired of shooting Americans in a Boston Massacre type protest… Remember the historical event called the Boston Massacre? We the people were the good guys and the British Military Police were enough to start a Revolution… These tough guy police in Anaheim are your very own Redcoats… If it must, let it start here and now, no one involved so far has preserved and/or defended OUR Constitution… Something I swore to do and the Anaheim Police did too… We are not without rights and we can show our own version of Nazi Gestapo, this aint Nazi Germany… Someone has to somewhere, sometime…

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