No Charges Filled By Anaheim Prosecutors Against Off-Duty LAPD Officer
During a Wednesday news conference, Anaheim prosecutors stated, “they were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ferguson didn’t have the right to detain the 13-year-old as part of a citizen’s arrest, or that the officer used excessive force”, according to the Orange County Register.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney R.J. Manuelian, representing 13-year-old Christian Dorscht pro bono following an altercation in Anaheim with an off-duty Los Angeles police officer. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, R.J. Manuelian will be discussing the case on KTLA between 3-4pm on January 24, 2018. Per statement to scpr.com, criminal defense attorney R.J. Manuelian, said “he thinks Ferguson would’ve been charged if he hadn’t been a cop. It sends a message that rogue officers will get a pass while good citizens come in last”.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, criminal defense attorney R.J Manuelian commented on his reaction with the case stating, “He got special treatment because he has a badge,” said R.J. Manuelian, an attorney representing one of the teenagers involved in the encounter. “It’s sending the wrong message to the public … that as long as you have a badge and a gun, you can do whatever you want.” Manuelian said Ferguson’s shot came dangerously close to his client’s foot and that the boy was so traumatized by the event that he changed schools and moved out of the county. He’s evaluating whether to file a civil rights lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed by the family of the boy detained by Ferguson is pending.
What Happened During The Anaheim Teen Altercation with Off-Duty LAPD Officer?
On his way home from school, Dorschy heard cries for help and responded. “He was an honor student doing an honorable thing,” R.J. Manuelian, told the Weekly. “He was defending the 13-year-old, who he thought was being kidnapped.” Sometime thereafter, the off-duty officer fired a shot into the ground. See Anaheim Teen Helps Friend in a Altercation with Off-Duty LAPD Officer for full article.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney R.J Manuelian
R.J Manuelian has a proven track record as a Los Angeles criminal defense and civil rights attorney. In 2012 he was able to obtain a $6 million verdict against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in a civil action against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for excessive force.
“We’re going to wait and see what the OCDA does first,” Manuelian says. “We’re giving them the opportunity to do the right thing and drop the case. If they don’t, then we will be immediately filing a civil rights lawsuit.”