ANAHEIM ( — Anaheim’s police chief Thursday cited insufficient evidence in the decision not to arrest an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who fired a weapon during an altercation with a group of teenagers.

In an afternoon news conference, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said officers interviewed everyone involved in the skirmish, and arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of making criminal threats after the off-duty officer alleged that the teen had threatened to shoot him.

The boy disputed that claim, saying he told the off-duty officer he was going to “sue” him.

Quezada said the off-duty officer, who has not been identified, was interviewed and his weapon was seized. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The LAPD confirmed the officer has been on the force for less than 10 years.

No one was hurt in the scuffle at the intersection of Euclid Street and Palais Road that started Tuesday afternoon after the off-duty LAPD officer took action in an ongoing dispute with students walking after school. The officer had reported the problem in the past to local police, said Anaheim Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

The 13-year-old, who is the stepson of an Anaheim police officer, was booked on suspicion of making a criminal threat and battery. He was released from Orange County Juvenile Hall Wednesday. A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

Police Chief Raul Quezada defended his department’s decision to arrest the two teens, but not the officer, who detained the 13-year-old boy after believing the boy threatened him. The investigation continues and the chief wouldn’t rule out charges against anyone involved.

Anaheim police have seized the officer’s personal gun as evidence for their investigation and expect to present their case to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office within two weeks. LAPD is conducting its own internal investigation.

Videos shot from different angles and posted on YouTube show the officer clenching the boy’s sweatshirt and pulling him across the lawn as they argued about what precipitated the incident.

“In the officer’s mind, he heard the young man say he was going to shoot him. He thought he had a gun,” said the officer’s attorney, Larry Hanna, in a statement.

“It was a warning shot to get this crowd of people away from him who were intent on doing him bodily injury and it’s shown on the video he was doing no bodily injury to the young man.”

The 13-year-old believed the officer, who was not named, had cursed at a teenage girl who had walked across his lawn in the area of single-family homes, many with tidy flower beds and well-pruned trees, about 2 miles west of Disneyland.

Michael Carrillo, an attorney representing the teenage girl, said she had “grazed” the officer’s lawn when he began shouting expletives at her. Carrillo said the altercation turned physical after the boy stepped in and told the officer he shouldn’t curse at a child.

Mayor Tom Tait said he was “deeply disturbed” and angered by what he saw on video of the incident, but he also denounced violence and damage caused by demonstrators.

“The video shows an adult wrestling with a 13-year-old kid, and ultimately firing a gun,” Tait said. “This has been a blow to our community.”

Hundreds of people marched through suburban Anaheim streets late Wednesday, some blocking traffic and carrying signs that said “no shooting zone.” Police arrested two dozen people, including children, after the crowd ignored orders to disperse.

A forensics team Thursday searched for evidence at the LAPD officer’s home, which was vandalized Wednesday night, along with the officer’s vehicle.

A second home, located around the corner from the officer’s residence, was mistakenly defaced by protesters who thought it belonged to the LAPD officer. Neighbor Joe Gulrich, 76, said his house was spray-painted and police told him he should leave for his own safety. When he returned late at night, he found a rock had been thrown through his front window.

On Thursday night, a much smaller group of protesters showed up to demonstrate in the neighborhood of the LAPD officer. However, following Wednesday night’s violence and vandalism, Anaheim police in riot gear taped and blocked off the area, preventing them from getting through.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said Thursday the cellphone video shows the officer was physically assaulted by multiple individuals and sustained injuries in Tuesday’s incident. The union said an officer has the right to self-defense no matter the age of the offender.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (116)
  1. Hispanics and in this case Mexicans are from a violent ignorant and lawless culture where less than 5% of crimes are prosecuted ..where there is no death penalty or even life in prison…judges are murdered journalists are murdered mayors and attorney generals as well…so this is what the left and weak White men and gullible White women have allowed to ifect our country and culture and must be cut out like a cancer

  2. He should have shot the one that hit him dead.

  3. These filthy illegals need to be deported ASAP. “Dreamers” are a living nightmare.

  4. Maybe these kids should have stayed off his lawn.

    Seriously, the kid in the video was being a little brat. And guess who comes to defend him: his entire tribe.

  5. Jabber Joe says:

    The cop should have shot every single on of them in the head. A young criminal is a criminal, a group of young criminals is criminal gang.

  6. Normally I side with the police, but not in this case. The off duty police officer started the problem by cursing a female child. The 13 year old called him on it. The video does NOT show the 13 year old threating the off duty officer. It does show the off duty officer “kidnapping” the child by laying hands on him and forcing him to move from one area to another. Has the police officer been arrested?? As for the vandalism of the homes, that was wrong. The parents of the 13 year old should have pressed charges.

  7. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  8. Some “fine” latino immigrants…no doubt!

  9. What we have here are some more illegals getting criminal records, and heading south. But they are lucky. In a stand your ground state the little DACA children would be dead.

  10. walking across his lawn dont mean he should threaten the teens with a gun, the protestors should burn the house down, sick of these people think the country belong to them

  11. Roggie Mac says:

    punk ass teens need know when to shut their mouths and move on, they have no respect and think they can do whatever they want whenever they want. if he had not discharged his weapon they would have been on him like a pack of wolves.

  12. Comment thread full of absolute Nazi filth dying to harm kids because they are non-white and “disrespectful” to a man who CURSED OUT an adolescent girl then roughed up a kid who had the guts to stand up to him about it.

    Shooting a gun surrounded by kids could easily lead to someone getting shot and he lucked out that wasn’t the case.

  13. As a Police Officer of 27 years and currently in the profession, this action by this off duty officer is absolutely 100% UNJUSTIFIED. I do not know exactly what led up to the incident BUT watching the video for the first 2 minutes this 13 year old was not fighting with him or anything but rather the officer had a tight grasp on the 13 year old as they moved around the yard. Then a couple of his “Buddies” tried to get him loose. At this point the officer pulls a gun and fires. Are you kidding me?

    If this officer “feared for his life” at a situation like this that he pulled his weapon, then this is a man that should NOT be on the streets protecting citizens!

    1. Gary S. posted, “I do not know exactly what led up to the incident… ” Exactly Gary, you do not know anything, so STFU. If you are a cop, which I seriously doubt, you should not be. All real cop know darn well you can not judge a situation by watching a short section of edited video posted by friends of that disrespectful punk kid. The Anaheim officers who were actually on scene, who actually conducted an in depth investigation, and who actually interviewed everyone involved determined who the criminals were and arrested them. And you can be sure that decision was made at the highest level of the Anaheim Police Department.

  14. Facts: 1. This is not the first time these teenagers done this.
    2. The of duty cop also complained to PD before
    3. In the video, you can clearly hear that the off duty cop told the 13 yrs boy that he wanted to talk to him face to face.
    4. As you can see a group of teenagers were trying to surround the off duty cop and he was trying to avoid them; as well as making sure no one attacking him from behind(I am sure this is part of his training.)
    5. Also, there was another teenager moving toward the off duty officer in a very aggressive way; And that forced the officer to pull out his gun. Obviously, this is self defense.

    Image that the officer was attacked by these teenagers, and if one of them got his gun; the outcome will be or could be totally different. There could have someone dying and one or more of these kids could end up in prison for assault with a deadly weapon. As a parent, I think this is a good lesson for these teenagers and a great lesson for others to learn; Whether values or attitudes. The parents of the 13 yrs old teenager should know their child better. I rather having them going to juvenile hall, learn from their mistakes than being locked up in jail for years. People shouldn’t using this incident as a racist excuse to protest, disturb or vandalize people’s personal properties.

  15. The video reporting says the teens pushed the officer into the bushes….. did you see the footage? Report this story accurately please.

  16. I’m very disturbed that Anaheim Mayor spoke out too soon, rushing to judgement against this altercations against the police officer judgement which he was trained to do in any given situation when it comes to fear and safety for his life with all those thugs punching, knocking him down and then the thug wearing a wine sweatshirt, jump the hedge, putting his left hand in his back pocket, revealing it was not a cell phone but, a small pocket knife or a weapon in his hand, which he looked like he was going pull out to assault the officer from behind. These aren’t children when they make a choice to attack the officer at the same time, they made a conscious choice and decision and acted on it as a thug, they show no fear as they acted out in violence toward a grownup. The law enforcement stand up and put their life on the line for you Mayor, and yet, your words, supported these thugs and encourage these thug protestors with the same mentality to become violent, spray paint, break windows, force our officers to be endangered by these thugs that call themselves victims and entitlement to deface and destroy a neighborhood, that obviously these people have done nothing to correct, or teach their teenagers to show respect for others property. These thugs that seem to think their entitled to this violence , lets see that,you Mayor, make them accountable and responsible , and not just slap them on the hands, so they can repeat their behavior with others, but respect rights of others and respect the law. Next time, they should call 911, and leave the scene not participate in violence. A conscious desion and action cannot be denied.

  17. Robert Obezo says:

    I can not believe all the hatred being voiced ! Two wrongs do not make a right. The teens were wrong to walk on his grass/yard but his actions were not justified, he way overreacted. How much damage was actually done to his grass ? none. What actions would I be justified to take against someone who lets his dog poop in my yard/grass ? GET REAL PEOPLE ! Adults especially Police Officers should demonstrate much better judgement. He should have waited for the on duty cops to show up.

  18. I’m a Republican, I watched the video, and I think that officer needs to be fired and needs psychiatric treatment. He is obviously unbalanced if he is going to detain, unlawfully I might add, a 13 year old CHILD for walking on his lawn. The video is clear. The other kids were trying to defend the child who was being attacked by this off duty officer. Then to make matters worse, instead of walking away and dealing with this in an official capacity by calling his fellow officers, he pulls a gun and starts shooting. And you guys are ok with this?? Really? If that was my child, I would be a millionaire in no time at all……

    1. Thank you Heather! A voice of reason amid all the hatred!

  19. Kevin DeLong says:

    Another Nazi cop goes bananas. 13 year old child threatens to sue cop. cop attacks child then fires weapon while holding terrified unarmed child. Two shots were fired at terrified children by Nazi cop. Anyone else other than a well protected Nazi cop would be charged with 8 counts of attempted murder as 8 children were in the area where the weapon was illegally fired. Nazi cop will go Scott free as judges are in bed with the cops and other cops will refuse to file charges against the Nazi cop.

  20. cmceach2 says:

    Maybe this wouldn’t have escalated to this point if the cop hadn’t committed three different crimes? Holding the boy (assault), dragging him onto his property (kidnapping/false imprisonment). Seems to me like the only criminal is the cop. You shouldn’t be able to be law enforcement unless you actually know the law…

  21. Growing up I Santa Ana and not a gang member, I had 3 cops make me sit on the sidewalk and kick me on my back because I couldn’t hold my arms up for as long as they were telling me to. I’ve never been so angry at anyone before. I bet it’s the same story with many kids today.

  22. Whose property? Euro-Americans are the Real Illegal Aliens. Mexicans are native Americans, not aliens. Mexico is a very large Indian reservation in the American apartheid system created by Euro-Americans. Euro-Americans in the United States who have the same fears as White people in South Africa before the apartheid wall fell. They fear being overrun by 100 million brown people. Like apartheid South Africa, the brown people from the Mexican reservation are allowed to come in temporarily and do menial work, but must return to their reservations when the work is done. They both must have a pass to be off their reservation. TRUMP’s WALL is all about control of indigenous brown people. (Written by Brown Continent, June 9, 2006
    This article is part of a course titled Curriculum of Indigenous Studies–A Path to Decolonization.

  23. Cop was out of line. There are other ways to handle this situation, such as, talking to their parents are contacting their school resource officer.

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