Commission says officer who fired in scuffle violated policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Commission says an officer who fired a gun during an off-duty scuffle with a 13-year-old boy in his front yard violated department policy.

The commission's decision on Tuesday now goes to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who will decide whether to discipline Officer Kevin Ferguson.

Last month, Orange County prosecutors announced that Ferguson will face no criminal charges for the incident, while saying his actions were unwise, immature and horrible.

A pair of widely circulated videos showed Ferguson arguing with several teenagers who had crossed his lawn. The argument turned physical with the 13-year-old, and Ferguson pulled a gun and fired it into the ground. No one was seriously hurt.

The videos spurred large protests in Anaheim.

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