Protests erupt after off-duty LA officer clashes with teens

Chief Quezada addresses the media

An off-duty cop was caught on camera pulling and firing his gun as he scuffled with a 13-year-old outside his home in Anaheim, California. The video appears to show the officer holding on to a teenage boy while being jostled by his friends.

'He (the officer) was, he pulled out, he reached for his weapon, he meant to use it'.

A viral video clip shows a man, who could be the off-duty policeman in question, having an altercation with a group of teens. However, the officer was not arrested, but instead the 13-year-old and another 15-year-old boy were taken into custody. The 13-year-old was released Wednesday, and the boy's mother said she was told the Orange County District Attorney's Office had rejected charges.

Jennifer Rojas, a policy advocate at the American Civil Liberties Union said the organization is "deeply disturbed" by the reports and demanded "a full explanation of why, in an altercation between the police officer and youths, the youths were arrested but not the officer who fired his gun".

"An officer, even off-duty, has an obligation to follow the law and protect public safety, rather than threaten it", said Jennifer Rojas of the ACLU of Southern California. The circumstances surrounding the firing of the weapon were being investigated by the Anaheim Police Department's Homicide Detail.

The demonstration in front of the Los Angeles police officer's home resulted in 24 arrests - including 10 men, eight women and six juveniles, according to NBC News.

"There was insufficient evidence at the time to prove the officer's actions rose to the level of a criminal act", Quezada said.

"The confrontation began over ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer's property", Anaheim police said in an updated statement issued Wednesday.

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"I got the hell out", said Gulrich, 76."It was ugly".

In the video, the teen begs the man to "stop grabbing me" and says, "I didn't do anything to hurt you, all I said was respect a girl". "You can see scratches on his neck, bruises on his arms, how tight they had the handcuffs on him", his father, who lives in Arizona, said. "He tried to trip me and then he kicked me in my testicles".

Anaheim police officers were called to the scene at Euclid Street and Palais Road about 2:40 p.m.

The Anaheim officer appears to take the handgun of the LAPD officer's back pocket or waistband. It was close enough to, like, I felt the air. "He wasn't arrested, he probably left with a little slap on the wrist like "Oh, don't do it again" and that's not right; it just doesn't make any sense to me".

Protesters later took over a nearby intersection, blocking traffic and shouting "no justice, no peace!"

"This is our community, these are our streets, y'all be proud of yourself tonight", he said.

"If somebody wasn't filming that cop, if somebody wasn't standing up for those kids, those kids would be gone, locked up, forgotten", said Ramirez. The boy's father said his son was defending a girl who had been verbally attacked by the officer. "But violence has no place in our city and will not be tolerated".

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