(KTLA) – Hundreds of people gathered in Anaheim on Wednesday night to protest the physical altercation between a teenage boy and an off-duty LAPD officer, during which the officer fired his weapon.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed protestors swarming the neighborhood near Euclid Street and Palais Road. Protest organizers say the rally was held to call for charges to be filed against the officer, who the LAPD said was placed on administrative leave.

Twenty-four people were arrested during the protest on misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

During the protest some people gathered around the officer’s Anaheim home, breaking windows at the house and shattering car windows.The crowds also tried to get inside the officer’s house.

Protestors also broke the windows of a Anaheim police car, spray-painted a garage door and broke a window at a neighboring house.

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The full video that lead to the officer drawing his weapon, and the ensuing riots can be seen below:


The off-duty officer was surrounded by over 20 teenagers, and was tackled and punched prior to pulling his gun.

Some are defending the officer actions based on a single frame of the video that shows one of the teens squaring up on the man and reaching behind his back.

Two teens were taken into custody following the altercation, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Do you believe that this off-duty officer was justified in his actions, or should he be held accountable for attempting to detain a minor while off duty, and discharging his firearm?

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