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This past Tuesday, fury erupted when a video surfaced of an off-duty cop firing his gun after he got into an altercation with 13-year-old Christian Dorscht — Dorscht was on the officer's lawn in Anaheim, California:
The video depicted the unnamed officer getting shoved by two teens into a bush, where he then grabbed the 13-year-old by his shirt and proceeded to pull his firearm from his waistband.
The officer's gun then went off — but, thankfully, no one was injured:
After the altercation, on-duty police officers arrived at the scene where two of the boys in the video were arrested — one of whom was Christian.
However, the officer in question has not been charged.
Seeing no repercussions for what they felt was an outrageous situation, protesters flooded the streets of Anaheim Wednesday evening. They carried signs insisting that the officer should be held accountable for his actions:
Initially, the protest began peacefully. People chanted:
“Whose streets, our streets,' 'don't shoot our kids,' 'shame on you.”
However, it wasn't long before things took a turn for the worse.
Protesters soon began yelling:
“No justice, no peace, f*** the police.”
As officers showed up to the protest in an attempt to keep order, a number of rioters started throwing rocks at the officers.
There were other moments where pockets of protesters chased after squad cars:
It was later reported that one officer's home was vandalized — someone spray painted the phrase “f*** pigs” across their garage door:
However, the door that was vandalized didn't belong to the officer seen in the video.
Riot police stood guard in front of that officer's home to protect him last night:
When the situation got too out of hand, police tweeted for civilians to stay out of the area:
A short time later, they posted assurances that arrests would be made:
At the end of the night, Anaheim police had arrested a total of 24 people on misdemeanor charges of “not dispersing.”
In the wake of the outcry, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait also promised to look into the situation:
"Like many in the community, I've seen the video and I'm very concerned about what it shows.
Anaheim is committed to a full and impartial investigation. Our city will move forward without delay."
According to later reports, Tuesday's scuffle started after a girl walked across the officer's lawn with a group of friends. The officer reportedly called the female a “c**t,” which is when the other teens became upset.
Not long after, the events seen in the video occurred — which is when the officer fired his weapon.
Police have stated that one of the teens threatened to shoot the officer, which is why he was arrested.
Since the event, Dorscht's father, Johnny, has spoken out about the incident.
During an interview with the Orange County Weekly he told them:
"I'm pretty p***ed off about what happened.
You could talk to anybody, my son has very good manners. He does good in school and isn't disrespectful or anything like that."
Mr. Dorscht stated he will take legal action against the cop:
“We're going to find legal representation and be suing. This is B.S. Even the cops, when they got there, they had all the kids down. They didn't even go after the guy.”
Meanwhile, Dorscht's wife, Alma Jimene, said:
"I just want to say how disgusted I am by that individual for the negligence he committed with my son.
My son is alive today, but if he would have not fought for his life along with those other children, he would be in a morgue right now.
You almost killed my child. Stop shooting our kids. This is my son. He is 13 years old. He was not armed."
He (the officer) was, he pulled out, he reached for his weapon, he intended to use it."
The video of the incident has been viewed over 250,000 times. However, it has since been deleted.
A full investigation into the situation is still underway.