The Los Angeles Police Department has released the name of the off-duty police officer who was caught on video last week firing his gun while involved in an altercation with teenagers in Anaheim, Calif.
According to Anaheim police, Officer Kevin Ferguson got into a dispute with the teens over ongoing issues about them walking across his property, ABC7 reports.
As previously reported on The Root, Ferguson was captured on cellphone video discharging his gun during a physical altercation with a 13-year-old boy.
In the video, the teen can be heard saying that Ferguson got upset with a girl who was walking on his lawn and that the teen was only coming to the girl’s defense. The boy and Ferguson can be seen struggling on the sidewalk of the residential area, with Ferguson dragging the teen forward by his collar at one point.
Several other individuals, mostly teens, surround the pair, many of them pleading with Ferguson, “Let him go.”
“He tried to hit me in my nuts. That’s like a little pussy move, punch a kid in the nuts,” the teen can be heard saying.
“You tackled me first. I didn’t do anything to hurt you. All I said was, ‘Respect the girl,’ because you said, ‘Get out of my property,’” the teen adds.
Ferguson accuses the teen of saying that he was going to shoot him, which the teen quickly denies: “I didn’t say that. Why you lying? I said, ‘I’m going to sue you.’”
No one was hit by gunfire, and while Ferguson was not arrested, he was placed on administrative leave after the incident.
Both the LAPD and the Anaheim Police Department are conducting investigations into the incident. The case will be handed over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges should be filed.
Read more at ABC7.