Hey, I can see protesters from up here!
Hey, I can see protesters from up here!
Matt Oliver

Anaheim PD's Confidential Action Plan for July 29 Protests: Have Undercover Cops, Feed Tired Officers with Fancy Food, and Let the City Burn

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Like the good Boy Scouts they are, Anaheim cops were über-prepared two weeks ago when protesters, angered by the officer-involved shooting deaths of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, announced they would demand justice on July 29 in front of police headquarters. Judging by the 43-page "Anaheim Incident Action Plan" obtained by the Weekly, which outlined a massive multi-agency response, the city's finest were anticipating the assassination of Mickey Mouse himself. 

In case you were wondering, cops don't voluntarily share these sort of things with the media--in fact, recipients of the document were expressly warned not to share it with anyone outside of a "need-to-know" basis. After use, it was to be destroyed in accordance with "Department of Homeland Security policy." 
Anaheim PD's Confidential Action Plan for July 29 Protests: Have Undercover Cops, Feed Tired Officers with Fancy Food, and Let the City Burn


There are so many goodies contained in the report (gracias, source!) that there's no way we can highlight them all in one post. For now, a summary:

*Anaheim PD, one of the few agencies in the county equipped with its own helicopters, called on additional air power from the Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentCalifornia Highway Patrol and Huntington Beach. With 19 operators and 10 choppers listed, we can't imagine that came cheap. 

*APD also called on nine officers from the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force who were either "equipped to stand a skirmish line (helmet/baton, raid jacket, etc.) or to work in an undercover capacity."

*There were at six undercovers in plain clothes that day "deployed to identify and isolate individuals engaged in unlawful behavior or conduct."

*Officers were brought in from the 

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

, as well as 

La Habra, La Palma, Brea, Placentia, and Fullerton.

Swat teams were represented by Anaheim, the

Orange County Sheriff's Department

, and

North and West County SWAT


*Meals were provided--but not just any meals. Though not specified in the memo, the caterers were luxe lonchera Rolling Sushi Van and--you can't make this stuff up--BACONMania. What's not know is if the two donated their services, or us taxpayers have to foot the bill for fancy-ass food.

BACONMania and Rolling Sushi Van, feeding cops on day of protest
BACONMania and Rolling Sushi Van, feeding cops on day of protest
Gracias, source!

*Those in charge fully expected citywide rioting that afternoon, specifically the central core of the city--from Orangethorpe Avenue in the north to Chapman Avenue in the south, from the 57 Freeway in the east to Euclid Avenue in the west, broken down into 10 zones: Chevy, Anna, Mira Loma, Diamond, Melrose, Wagner, Walnut, Guinida, Douglas, and Wakefield. Detailed maps were handed out of those areas.

*In a memo for firefighters, the Anaheim Fire Department's safety officer warned there would be "decreased visibility at night with debris and obstructions in the roadway" and suggested firefighters wear body armor, just like their police escorts. And if a building was on fire? Let it burn. "Utilize 'Hit and Run' firefighting," the report stated." Limited or no interior attack on structure fires."

Of course anyone who was at the July 29 protest wouldn't need to peruse the pages listing officer names and cell phone numbers, complete with command trees, weather forecasts, lists of potential hotspots citywide, and radio frequencies to know that cops monitoring the 300 or so outside the police station looked less like law enforcement (or even a NATO security detail) and more like an elite military strike team. 

Picture men with assault rifles and desert camo patrolling the station rampart while dudes in floppy special forces hats peered through glass lenses from atop a nearby skyscraper and you start to get the picture. To the officers' credit, they exercised restraint throughout the day-long protest, barely blinking when activists approached a mounted patrol with a steaming pile of road apples and lay it at their hooves, or when angry chants were uttered suggesting police could save a life by shooting themselves (ouch)! 

At the end of the day, there was no violence, and the few arrests made were over minor issues such as walking in the street. For that APD should be applauded. But when officers say they are there to facilitate the lawful expression of speech while donning modified grenade launchers and combat gear it sends a poorly-crafted message to the public: Citizens are free to make loud demands, but they do so at their own peril. 

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