Posted by Jay Gonzalez on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Several videos have appeared on social media showing what appears to be a confrontation between a group of kids and an off-duty Los Angeles police officer, which resulted in the officer pulling his gun and firing it while attempting to detain a 13-year-old, the Orange County Register reports. In the video, the boy claims the officer verbally attacked a female friend, which led to a confrontation between the two.
The officer struggled to detain to boy while the boy’s peers pleaded for the officer to let the boy go. The video shows several of the 13-year-old boy’s peers attempting to free him from the officer, who then reaches for his gun and fires it while still holding onto the boy. No one was hit by the gunfire. According to the Orange County Register, the event occurred on February 21 in a suburb of Anaheim, Calif.
Several adolescents are seen running from the scene as the off-duty officer fires his weapon in the direction of the 13-year-old.
Posted by La Raza Unida on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Los Angeles Times reported that the incident was sparked by “ongoing issues” with students walking on the officer’s front lawn.
Throughout the video, the 13-year-old being held against his will asks for the man to let him go. At 1:17 minutes into the above video, the off-duty officer tells the kid “you shouldn’t have made the threat that you were going to shoot me.” To which the teen replies, “I didn’t say that. Why are you lying. I said I’m going to ‘sue you.'”
The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the event, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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As a result of the incident, the 13-year-old and a 15-year-old children were arrested by Anaheim police. The off-duty officer in the video was not arrested, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to LAPD spokesman Captain Andy Neiman, an internal investigation is currently underway, and the off-duty officer will not be allowed back onto the field until the case has been reviewed.