Protests Erupt In California After Off-Duty Cop Fires Gun During After School Scuffle With Teen — Watch The Intense Altercation!
Over 300 protesters gathered in Anaheim, California on Wednesday night after video surfaced of an off-duty cop firing a gun during an altercation with a teenager.
Crowds rallied outside the home of the Los Angeles Police Department officer after video showed him dragging a 13-year-old boy through bushes and firing a single round after a horde of teenagers walked on his lawn.
According to police spokesman Daron Wyatt, 24 protesters — including 10 men, 8 women, and 6 juveniles — were arrested, and there were reports of windows being broken and other acts of vandalism.
The now-viral video appears to show the unidentified officer clutching onto the young teen while being confronted by the boy's friends.
The clip does not reveal how the incident began, but shows the teen repeatedly telling the cop to let him go. After the cop pulls the teen into a hedge, the boy's friends lunge at the officer, which causes him to pull out his gun and fire it.
The 13-year-old was arrested along with a 15-year-old, and the trigger happy officer is on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.
There were no injuries from the gunshot, but the boy's grandmother told press he had suffered "a lot of bruises."
Jennifer Dorscht said the boy was standing up for a 13-year-old girl who had originally been in a spat with the officer, and accused the cop of using profanity against the kids. She told NBC News: