[UPDATED: DA Seeks Photos From Witnesses] Anaheim Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Crowd After Officer-Involved Shooting
Screenshot of CBS-KCAL video showing Anaheim Police firing rubber bullets at residents
Latest updates at the end of this post.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 21, 10:08 P.M. A chaotic scene erupted in an Anaheim neighborhood on Saturday night when police fired
rubber bullets beanbag and pepperball guns on residents who were gathering near Anna Drive and La Palma Avenue demanding answers after an officer-involved shooting in the neighborhood.
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TheOrange County Register
reported the crowd was throwing rocks and bottles at police. However, several residents told CBS the police created the disturbance by overreacting to the gathering and shooting at residents, including women holding their children in front of their homes. TheCBS video
shows an officer shooting toward the direction of two children. A dumpster was reportedly moved into the intersection by residents where its contents were burned later in the night.
According to the Register, two patrol officers driving down an alley in the 600 block of North Anna Drive saw three men standing near a vehicle at about 4 p.m. The three men ran away when the officers tried to make contact with them and an officer-involved shooting occured, Sgt. Bob Dunn told the Register. The man has been reported to
be in critical condition be dead, and bystanders identified him as Manuel "Stomper" Diaz.
Diaz, with his daughter, in an undated photo
Tensions have been rising in Anaheim over the increase of officer-involved shootings in the city.
A group of protesters have been demonstrating outside of the Anaheim Police Department on a weekly basis against the use excessive deadly force by the department.
UPDATE, July 22, 8:47 A.M. Gustavo here. We're going to put up user-submitted video as we get it. The following two are taken from the evening, after the already infamous storming of the barrio. This first one is from the corner of Habor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue, about a mile away from the neighborhood where Diaz was killed:
And another, this one on La Palma Avenue just next to St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church, just down the street from the police attack:
A protest is scheduled for noon today outside the Anaheim police department headquarters off Harbor Boulevard and Broadway. Stay tuned for a dispatch.
Diaz, in another photo
Some of the other cases this year involving the Anaheim police killing someone:
*Bernie Cervantes, killed after walking around with a BB gun
UPDATE, 3:49 P.M.: Here's video of about 50 protestors storming the Anaheim police station. A dispatch is forthcoming...
UPDATE, 9 P.M.: A group of about 60 protesters stormed the Anaheim Police Department lobby a day after cops fired rubber bullets at citizens who'd gathered to protest Saturday's fatal police shooting of a 24-year-old man.
The weekly protests outside of the department usually only sees a few families affected by officer-involved shootings demonstrating. In a scene reminiscent of the Kelly Thomas protests last year, local Occupy Orange County and Justice for Kelly Thomas activists joined in on the protest as well as groups from Los Angeles, including Occupy LA, ANSWER LA (Act Now to Stop War and Racism Los Angeles) and Struggles United. Demonstrators also chalked protest messages outside of the police department.
Protesters outside of the Anaheim Police Department
Protesters in the neighborhood where police shot and killed Manuel Diaz, and fired less-than-lethal weapons on residents
UPDATE, 9:12 P.M. From Gustavo: Weekly reporter Brandon Ferguson is on the scene and says that more than
100 200 residents are protesting again near the site of yesterday's melee.
Dumpster burning near La Palma and Anna streets
Brandon Ferguson/OC Weekly
A Dumpster is back on the street and now on fire, and two more were in the streets. Protestors threw glass bottles at officers and also at firefighters on the scene who were there to put out the fire.
Eeriest part: the crowd was chanting most of the night, but when the Dumpster fire started, the chanting crowd became quiet and watched as the city burned.
[UPDATE, 11 A.M., July 23] District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is asking all witnesses to recent police shootings in Anaheim to share their videos or photographs with his investigators. The special investigations hotline number is (714) 347-8544.
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