Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada is expected to brief the press Thursday afternoon with regard to the investigation. Police later declared the protest an unlawful assembly and arrested 24 people for misdemeanor violations including failure to disperse. He's 13 years old. Almost 300 marchers took the streets of Anaheim to protest the case and made their way into major thoroughfares.
Vehicle and residential windows were broken during the melee that drew 300 protesters near Euclid Street and Palasis Road - about two miles away from Disneyland, the "Happiest Place on Earth".
When Gulrich returned home around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, he found that protesters had thrown a brick through a bedroom window and spray-painted a profanity on his garage door, apparently believing the officer lived there.
The father of one of the arrested teens, Christian Dorscht - who the cop was holding onto - told OCWeekly that his son was defending a girl who the officer had called a "cunt" for stepping on his lawn.
The incident took place after the officer, whose identity has not been revealed, confronted a group of teens from a nearby high school for walking across his lawn. However, the officer was not arrested, but instead the 13-year-old and another 15-year-old boy were taken into custody.
"The little kid said, 'I'm going to sue you, ' and then the guy thought he said, 'I'm going to shoot you.' That's when he started grabbing the little kid", Gregory Perez, 16, told the Orange County Register. The boy then begins to push the man, saying, "Now I'm just defending myself". I ran to the street to run away from him, and he got me.
"He tried to hit me in my nuts".
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Christian, the teen seen in the video.
The clip does not reveal how the incident began, but shows the teen repeatedly telling the cop to let him go. Another teenager tries to punch the man but misses. After the cop pulls the teen into a hedge, the boy's friends lunge at the officer, which causes him to pull out his gun and fire it.
A young woman at the protest who only would identify herself as Karla, said she was "very disappointed" over how the Anaheim Police Department handled the protest and questioned whether the show of force was necessary.
The Anaheim police confirmed that two teens were arrested, including the 13-year-old, who was arrested on suspicion of battery and making criminal threats. During the argument, police said, a 13-year-old threatened to shoot the off-duty officer, prompting him to attempt to detain the teen. The boy said he told the off-duty officer he was going to "sue" him.
The DA's office would not confirm if charges were rejected; a spokeswoman said the office can not comment on juvenile cases.
Once the investigation is completed the results will be forwarded to the Orange County District Attorney's Office for review, Wyatt said.