An off-duty LAPD officer fired his gun at a 13-year-old Latino boy in Anaheim, California, allegedly because the teen walked on his lawn and last night, the community protested the case.
Video has surfaced of the situation and the teen, Christian Dorscht, was identified by his parents in it. The officer has not yet been identified and is on 72-hour leave while officials investigate.
The police officer has complained in the past about the teens, who go to a high school nearby, walking on his lawn. Allegedly, the cop verbally attacked a fellow student of Christian's for walking on his lawn and Christian came to her defense. The video shows Christian struggling with the man who didn't identify himself as a police officer.
Demonstrators lined the block in Anaheim shouting "no justice no peace," as police blocked the intersection pic.twitter.com/INmixM69F6
Based on the video, Christian was put in handcuffs when the police arrived on the scene. According to the Anaheim Police, he is facing charges of battery and making criminal threats.
Protesters took to the streets Wednesday evening, chanting and marching. They also tried to protest at the police officer's house, where riot police were stationed for his protection. Police ordered protesters to disperse and about 100 people remained. Twenty-four of them were arrested, including six teens.
Note: The video contains some harsh language.Discuss
Pope Francis is extremely opposed to people checking Instagram and texting while sitting down for a meal with there family and friends. This week, while speaking to young people at a college, he used a dramatic analogy to warn about the death of face-to-face conversations. He said,
When we're at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it's the start of war because there is no dialogue.
He also encouraged people to be nicer to strangers, even in a culture where online interactions can quickly become hostile, saying
We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more … dialogue which brings hearts closer together [is] a medicine against violence.