Man claiming to be police officer grabs young Chicano kid violently and eventually pulls gun out & shoots at kids. Anaheim, Ca 2/21/17 pic.twitter.com/UhMQMsuE1t— Marina (@oxminaox) February 22, 2017
In yet another disturbing example of use of unnecessary force by law-enforcement officials, an off-duty police officer in Anaheim, Southern California, opened fire on a group of children while physically fighting with a 13-year-old boy.
The incident was caught on camera by onlookers, which mainly included other teenagers.
While information as to what exactly led to the confrontation is unclear, KTLA reports the officer got upset after a girl walked on his lawn and the teenager came to her defense.
Soon, the argument heated up and the man, who told the children he was a cop, violently dragged the child across the lawn and bushes. When another boy intervened, the man took out his gun and opened fire.
Another video of the incident that shows the initial moments of the altercation:
Here's video of what happens leading up to the off-duty Anaheim officer grabbing the child. All bc a girl walked on the lawn. Ridiculous! pic.twitter.com/fnbfSJFUgd— Marina (@oxminaox) February 23, 2017
The video, which has taken the web by storm, has prompted a lot of outrage and rightfully so because taking out a gun and then firing it at defenseless children was not only excessive, it was potentially life-threatening.
However, despite the fact that the off-duty cop opened fire at kids – which fortunately didn’t strike anybody – he was not arrested. As per one account shared on Twitter, local officers who arrived at the scene merely spoke to him in his yard.
Instead, the 13-year-old who was violently grabbed by the cop and another 15-year-old boy, who came to the first child’s defense, were arrested and charged: one for making criminal threats and battery and the other for assault and battery.
The Orange County District Attorney, however, rejected the charges against the children.
“I still fear for our lives, for him living right down the street from us,” the 13-year-old’s mother, who wishes to remain unidentified, told KTLA with tears in her eyes. “Him being an officer.”
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