Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shooting by Off-Duty Cop Sparks Protest in Anaheim

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Protest in Anaheim  


  An altercation between an off-duty cop and a group of teenagers has cause an uproar in the Anaheim county. The altercation started when a group of teenagers had been on the property of this off-duty cop. During the altercation, the 13 year old boy who was involved allegedly threatened to "shoot" the off-duty cop, although when the off-duty cop put his hands on this young boy and started yelling, the boy screams back that he said he was going "sue", not "shoot". As the officer had this young boy by the arm, the other young teenagers are screaming at the man to let their friend go. It seems this off-duty officer has had problems in the past with teenagers going on his property as he later told police. As the off-duty officer keeps the young boy in his grip, a friend who was another teenager on sight, runs and barrels into the officer knocking him over to free his friend. This is when the officer then stands up, pulls out his weapon, and fires a bullet into the ground. This then causes the teens to flee the area. There are multiple videos that got released of this incident on social media where you can see multiple of these things happening,

  The 13 year old boy  who was in the first altercation was arrested and booked as a juvenile for criminal threats and battery, while the 15 year old boy, who did the tackling, was arrested for assault and battery. The off-duty officer was not arrested.

The riots began from the very scene it all started, which was this officers home. About 300 people took part in the protest which started out breaking the man's window's, shattering car windows, and some even tried to enter the off-duty officer's home. Protesters also broke a police car window and spray painted a garage door and broke a window at a neighboring home.

Connection: This relates back to the Watts Riots because both riots were very violent, and unpleasant. They both wanted to destroy their surroundings and they were not very peaceful riots.

Question: Do you believe it was right what the off-duty officer did? Was it right to detain the 13 year old boy? Were these teenagers in the wrong? Should have the officer been arrested on sight also?

 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/23/shooting-off-duty-cop-anaheim-protest/98310388/

23 comments:

  1. I believe in what the Off-duty police officer did was justifiable. The off duty police in no way harmed the teenager, This was just a simple confrontation, blown way out of proportion by how the media portrays it. Although I do think it was unnecessary to scare the teens with the gun. The teens had no right to knock the off-duty officer over.

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  2. I've actually watched the video of this altercation and it's pretty clear that the cop was in the right here. The kids were harassing him, yelling !@#$ the police and other derogatory statements. Another kid also tried to physically tackle the officer after being repeatedly told to back off. The argument made that the off-duty cop is a citizen has some weight, but you have to understand that police training will kick in if they are being threatened. No real harm was done here, so I think the protesters need to look through a rational lens and back off the issue. Actually, the real harm was to the OFFICER, who was assaulted and had his property vandalized.

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  4. I think that what the off-duty police officer was right because he did not intent to hurt any teenager there. The teenagers that were harassing the officer and how they have attacked the police officer. Nobody was hurt and I believe that the protesters are protesting for nothing good and how they should not continue protesting on this issue.

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  5. He should've just told the kids to get off his property and let them off with a warning. If they still didn't leave then he should've detained them. The officer didn't harm anyone but he still shot his gun at a kid.

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  6. I believe that it was right, what the off duty officer did. First off, the teenagers were on his property, and even if they dd say "sue" not shoot they were still trespassing. Also those kids deserve to be thrown into prison because they physically attacked the officer who was just holding the 13 year old boys hand. He fired the gun to scare off all the teenagers after he was tackled.

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  7. I agree that the teenagers were in the wrong when they tried to physically harm and threaten the officer, but the officer did not need to resort to pulling out his gun and firing it into the ground when there are a lot of people around. Although there was no real harm done, pulling out a gun like how the cop did is not okay. I think that the protesters should not be targeting the cop alone but also think about how the teens started this altercation by vandalizing the property and attacking the officer.

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  8. I think that what the officer did to him was not okay. It wasn't right for officer to arrest him.The other teenagers did what they had to do. Officer deserves to be arrested though.

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  9. I do not think what the off-duty officer did was okay. I don't believe that he needed to detain these kids. I think he should have just simply given them a warning and if they did not leave the property he could have called the police. These kids should not have been messing around on his property but the officer responded inappropriately by pulling out his weapon. I think the officer should be arrested because he pulled out a gun on teenagers and fired it.

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  10. The teenagers were in the wrong. Everyone, whether a teenager or an adult, should always listen to the police officer. Getting angry and killing an officer is never okay.

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  11. Weapons are never the solution. After asking the children to leave the officer should have called back up to come with squad cars to teach the children a lesion. We have to understand though, they are only children and are learning how the world works. They should be thought what is right, not punished for what they have done.

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  12. Although the police officer was right in the situation, I believe that police brutality is not okay in any circumstances. Just like Tillman said above, children should be taught and guided the right way. Being punished when their naive of what they did wrong wont help anything.

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  13. I agree that what the teenagers did was wrong, that they indeed harassed the police officer, but pulling out a gun is not okay. We all know the issues stirring with firearms and this will only make things worse. The teenagers should know what to do and how to act but giving them punishments inappropriate for the situation would not make them learn.

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  14. The teens were undoubtedly wrong however, the police officers actions were completely unnecessary. There is no excuse for pulling out a weapon on anyone despite their race, gender, age, etc. Police officers need to be better trained and prepared for situations that they do not have control over. The teens were wrong and so was the police. Since he had similar experiences, we can only assume that in those instances he also pulled out his gun. If he is not controlled or punished, there are chances he will continue doing it again.

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  15. What the cop did was very justifiable, he did not hurt or harm any of the teenagers and the teenagers were just being troublesome and not leaving the cop's property. My cop did not shoot any of them, but merely shot at the ground to scare the teenagers away from HIS property. kids or not, the cop did need to threaten them somehow to make them leave. I do not think there was anything wrong with the cop pulling his gun out, he did not hurt anyone in the process.

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  16. Even though the kids were wrong in trespassing and not being where they were supposed to be, the officer shouldn't of grabbed the kid. The man could have called for back up and tried to detain the child in a different way. No one was right and no one was wrong.

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  17. I don't think it was right for what the officer did. He should of let the teenagers off with a warning. The officer didn't really harm anyone but he still shot his gun at the young teenager which scared him and caused a bad opinion of officers.

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  18. I think that what the police did was totally fine. There were at least 8 teenagers on his property threatening to attack. So calling for backup would be useless because he would be beaten up by then. Pulling a gun was the perfect solution; it was in his defense.

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  19. I think that what the off-duty police officer was right because he did not intent to hurt anyone. The teenagers that were harassing the officer and how they have attacked the police officer. Nobody was hurt so that's what matters.

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  20. Weapons are never the solution. After asking the children to leave the officer should have called back up to come with squad cars to teach the children a lesion. We have to understand though, they are only children and are learning how the world works. They should be thought what is right, not punished for what they have done.

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  21. I believe the cop did the right thing he didn't hurt the teenagers. The teenagers were trespassing and they attacked the officer. When the officer pulled out the gun it was on self defense.

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  22. How are you going to 'call for backup' as others are suggesting in the middle of a live confrontation? The (note: OFF DUTY) cop firing his gun into the ground and harming nobody is a perfect example of how to use a weapon properly based on the reading. However after watching the video I think the off duty cop should have not tried to grab anybody and just told the kids to go away.

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  23. I believe that police officers have very many different options until they have to resort to their gun. The officer should have called for backup and not gone to severe extents in using his gun.

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