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Protesters march towards the off-duty officer's home in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. A Los Angeles policeman is under investigation after a video appears to show him firing a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy. No one was injured but two teenagers were arrested after the incident, which spurred dozens of people to protest against police Wednesday night in the streets of Anaheim, where the officer lives and the confrontation occurred.  (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP)

Protests erupted in Anaheim after an off-duty cop clashed with teens


A video of a clash between a 13-year-old boy and an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer sparked protests Wednesday night in Anaheim, leading to dozens of arrests. 

The catalyst for the protests was a video that shows a man arguing with a group of teenagers. At one point, the man grabs one of the teenagers. Several others rush towards him, some throwing punches. The man then pulled the boy he had grabbed through a shrubbery. The fight escalated, and the man pulled a gun. One gunshot is heard, and the teens leave the scene. 

WATCH | Here's the full video.

WATCH | Here's another look. 

The man was identified as an off-duty LAPD officer, and the boy was taken into custody. LAPD is investigating the incident.

The clash started over "ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer's property," Anaheim police said Wednesday. The boy allegedly threatened to shoot the officer. But the boy, identified by the OC Weekly as Christian Dorscht, argued he said he would "sue" the officer who he claimed tried to kick him in the genitals.

I still fear for our lives, for him living right down the street from us. Him being an officer.
Christian Dorscht's mother

His father, Johnny Dorscht, said Christian was standing up for a girl whom the officer allegedly called a "c*nt" for trespassing. He said he will sue for the incident.

The incident sparked protests in Anaheim overnight.

Protesters chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets!" 

Some protesters surrounded the officer's house.

Anaheim Police arrested 24 people for misdemeanor charges relating to the protest.

The Los Angeles Times reports several windows were broken and other acts of vandalism were committed, but police did not have an official count on the cost of damages. Some charges included resisting arrest and battery. 

Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt said the videos circulated online showed only a "very small portion" of the officer's encounter. 

Some observers thought the protesters were misguided.

But others found the officer's acts abhorrent.

Anaheim police were flooded with calls, eventually saying they would not affect its decision.

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