An off-duty police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after video footage showed he held a group of teens at gunpoint. At one point, the officer threatens to shoot one of the teens. His reason? The group of teens was playing loud music at a local skatepark.
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The incident unfolded at a California skatepark Saturday night when a group of teens was playing loud music. Cell phone footage recorded of the incident showed an off-duty Orange County deputy approach the teens.
According to LA CBS, the teens agreed to stop playing music once the off-duty officer showed up. However, for some unknown reason, the officer continued to push the issue.
The officer, who did not identify himself as law enforcement until much later, continued to argue with the teens. As the officer bowed up on one of the smaller teens, another teen can be seen coming into the frame with his skateboard raised.
“The guy pulled a gun and said “I’l l shoot you in the f*****g face if you don’t stop”‘, said Koa McClung, one of the teens at the park. “The kid dropped the skateboard and it just went downhill from there.”
After pulling his firearm, he did finally identified himself as a police officer, according to those in the video. In fact, there is a moment where you can see him brandishing a badge, but the teens there thought it was fake, according to the Daily Mail.
“The officer wasn’t acting like an officer…just a big bully,” Sage McClung said. One of the teens then proceeded to get on his knees with his hands above his head after the unidentified police officer pointed a firearm at him.
After the video went viral, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced that they would be investigating the matter.
“Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty. We take this incident seriously and will fully investigate.”