After a weekend of fatal officer-involved shootings and days of social unrest in the city, the national Latino political organization Presente.org, in conjunction with local community members, is demanding that State Attorney Kamala Harris launch a full investigation into the incident as well as the uptick in officer involved-shootings over the years that has prompted Mother's Day marches of grieving families in front of Disneyland.
The call goes above and beyond Mayor Tom Tait's statements yesterday asking Harris' office to look into the circumstances surrounding the initial shooting in the name of transparency.
"If it wasn't clear already, it is clear now that the Anaheim Police Department is out of control," reads the statement of Presente.org "This police brutality needs to stop. "
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
In a city like Anaheim, where grassroots raza organizations are few and far between, national backing is important, especially after all that has transpired this weekend, including another killing just last night. "For the police to go out and shoot someone the very next day, it's almost like they are challenging the community," Lovato adds. "If we don't do anything, we're complicit.
"Anaheim can become a national symbol of how sick we are with respect to these atrocious acts perpetrated by police."