Tensions are running high in Anaheim, California and across the entire Los Angeles region after video emerged of an off-duty police officer getting into an altercation with a group of teenagers that culminated in the officer drawing his firearm and firing a shot.
The incident started when the teens cut across the man’s yard.
The officer was apparently trying to detain one of the teens and cuff him when the group became violent. One person punched the officer and another pushed him over some tall bushes.
At one point, the officer draws his firearm and fires one shot. It is unclear if the shot was intentional or accidental at this point.
However, some people who have defended the officer drawing his gun point to this frame:
The officer seemingly made the decision to draw his firearm when the teen pictured here jumped over the bushes, squared up to the officer, and then quickly reached his hand behind his back near his waistband.
When other officers arrived, two members of the group were taken into custody but later released.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice after any shooting by an officer, and is not currently facing any charges or disciplinary actions over the incident.
The incident sparked protests later that night that included crowds of hundreds of people. Things eventually took a turn towards and violence and more arrests.
According to a local report from KTLA:
Twenty-four people were arrested during the protest on misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt.
During the protest some people gathered around the officer’s Anaheim home, breaking windows at the house and shattering car windows.The crowds also tried to get inside the officer’s house.
Protestors also broke the windows of a Anaheim police car, spray-painted a garage door and broke a window at a neighboring house. Wyatt said there were reports of several windows being broken at residences and on cars in the neighborhood where the protest took place for several hours.
Here is a local news report on the incident which includes the key clips from the full video:
Here is full video of the incident which is over eight minutes long: