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.
*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 Department, California Highway Patrol and Huntington Beach. With 19 operators and 10 choppers listed, we can't imagine that came cheap.
*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.
*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.”