A shocking video has emerged of a white off-duty LAPD officer accosting a group of Mexican youths and attempting to arrest one of them. When he resists, the man pulls out a gun and starts to shoot at the youths, who then fled in terror.
Thankfully, nobody was injured. Two of the youths were ultimately arrested on “suspicion” of battery and assault, as per the AP.
Why the officer felt the need to begin discharging his firearm at a couple of teenagers is beyond the comprehension of anyone. Out of his uniform, the teens had no idea that he was a police officer and reacted as anyone would if a strange man suddenly accosted them and began dragging away one of their friends.
This disturbing video is yet another incident of a white man instigating a confrontation with people of color and then using that as an excuse for violence. These kinds of incidents are all too common in the United States, and we are very lucky this one didn’t end in a murder.