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Violent Protests in Anaheim After Off-Duty LAPD Fires Gun at Teens

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Violent Protests in Anaheim After Off-Duty LAPD Fires Gun at Teens

Scores of protesters clashed with police on the streets of Anaheim Wednesday night as they called for the arrest of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video firing his gun during a confrontation with teens outside his Anaheim home Tuesday afternoon

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Scores of protesters clashed with police on the streets of Anaheim Wednesday night as they called for the arrest of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video firing his gun during a confrontation with teens outside his Anaheim home Tuesday afternoon, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Anaheim police report about 24 arrests for misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at 7 p.m. near Disneyland, bringing traffic to a standstill in the busy area for hours. Anaheim police advised the public to avoid the area as officers in riot gear were deployed.

What initially began as peaceful protests eventually gave way to violence, as protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, CBS Los Angeles reports.

At one point, one man shoved two officers and was shot with a less-than-lethal beanbag, the station says.

The protesters also threw rocks at the home of the LAPD officer, spray-painted his garage and scratched a pickup truck in the driveway, CBS Los Angeles reports, adding that some protesters mistakenly tagged another home in the neighborhood, wrongly thinking it belonged to the LAPD officer.

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