"We're here to let the council know if they don't do something about the rogue cops on their police force, they're up next for a recall," she said.
Members of the council and Anaheim Police Chief John Welter sat silently as one-by-one, the families spoke out against the deadly excessive use of force they say was used on their loved ones.
Jaclyn Conroy, aunt of Justin Hertl shot by Anaheim Police in 2003, listed off over a half dozen individuals shot by Anaheim Police, including the recent fatal shootings of Marcel Cejas, Roscoe Cambridge, David Rayas and Martin Hernandez.
There have been six officer-involved shootings by Anaheim Police this year so far.
"I have come to you people before begging you, please look into the corruption of the Anaheim Police Department and nothing was done," she said. "How many bodies have to pile up before someone speaks up? If it were your child, I guarantee you'd be looking into this."
Corie Whitehouse-Cline teared up at the podium as she spoke about her brother Joe Whitehouse, who was shot by Anaheim police officers in 2007. She said her mother has been unable to leave her house because of harassment by police officers following the shooting.
Cardenas said he served for the United States Marines for six years to protect the lives of those he loves, only to come home to police killing his brother. He asked the council to implement policies and procedures to ensure the officers responsible for police abuse are held accountable for their actions.
A member from Kelly's Army, who did not give his name, accused the Anaheim Police of racial profiling, calling the city of Anaheim "one of the most corrupt cities in Orange County" and vowed to collect signatures for a recall if the council does not investigate the corruption claims.
After giving their heartfelt speeches at the meeting, the group made its way to Fullerton City Hall
for the recall results stemming from the fatal Fullerton
police beating of Kelly Thomas
. In case you didn't already know, residents were successful booting out three Fullerton City Councilmembers last night
UPDATE, JUNE 19, 10:30 P.M.: Before the Anaheim City Council meeting commenced tonight, City Manager Bob Wingenroth made the following statement regarding the June 5 public comment session:
"It is important that we follow up on serious allegations that have been made," he said. "Therefore, in order to maintain the trust and confidence our residents have with our police department, I, working with our city attorney, am recommending that the city of Anaheim conduct an independent review of major police incidents, including incidents of officer-involved shootings and report back to the city council in an open public workshop session."