By Amy Lukau
Yesterday, Wednesday February 22, 2017 in Anaheim, California video went viral of an off-duty police officer firing a gun during a scuffle with a child after the adolescents walked on his lawn according to reports.
The young teen at the center of the incident has been identified as a 13-year-old boy named Christian.
The videos shows the off duty officer firing a single round during a physical altercation with Christian. The teen’s friend then steps in and tries to break the officer’s hold on Christian. During the same time another teen rushes the officer, where he loses his balance and stumbles, still holding Christian in his grip.
The route where the altercation occurred is used to go to and from school by local children attending three schools in the area.
Christian was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall for criminal threats and battery. The 15-year-old friend was arrested for assault and battery and was released to his parents.
Meanwhile, the unidentified off duty police officer was placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated said the LAPD.
Demonstrators gathered outside the home of the unidentified off duty police officer and then took the streets of Anaheim blocking traffic near Disneyland for several hours. It was then that the Anaheim police advised the public to avoid the area as officers in riot gear were sent into the area.
As of this morning, 24 people have been arrested, six of them juveniles, on suspicion of misdemeanor charges for failing to disperse, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, according to Anaheim police.
Anaheim’s mayor, Tom Tait said “Anaheim is committed to a full and impartial investigation. Our city will move forward without delay.”
“The case will be presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office when it is completed. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time,” the statement said.
Jennifer Rojas, a policy advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, told NBC Los Angeles the organization is “deeply disturbed” by 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.”