I think any LEO would’ve done the same thing.
The undercover cop who pulled a gun on anti-police protesters in Oakland, California, was justified in doing so after a gang of 50 targeted his partner, a witness claims.
The officer, who has not been named, was marching with the demonstrators on Wednesday night when the mob is said to have turned on him and his colleague.
After pulling out a baton and identifying himself as police, his partner was hit on the head and tackled to the ground – prompting the officer to point a pistol at the crowd.
Despite a flurry of outrage from crowds and on Twitter, photographer Michael Short said the reaction was natural in the face of the ‘threatening’ crowds.
Short, 38, who freelances for the San Francisco Chronicle, told NBC News: ‘It was an appropriate response.
‘I would have been scared if I saw my partner get knocked to the ground.
‘He was justified. I felt threatened by the protesters, too.’
KTVU reported that demonstrators screamed at the undercover officers during the march ‘Hey, they’re undercover, they’re cops!’
Read more: Daily Mail