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Anaheim police beef up patrols in anticipation of protests

July 24, 2012 | 11:50 am

After three nights of continuous protests, Anaheim police will beef up patrols Tuesday afternoon in preparation for another demonstration before a City Council meeting.

"We're working on implementing a plan to make sure we can manage the increased crowds," said Sgt. Bob Dunn with the department.

He declined to say how many additional officers will be on hand to manage anticipated protests Tuesday afternoon and evening.

"But we do have a plan," he said.

The additional patrols are in response to two officer-involved shootings over the weekend.

On Saturday, Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, was shot after officers spotted him and two other males near a vehicle and attempted to contact him. A short foot pursuit ensued, and eventually Diaz encountered an officer in front of an apartment complex in the 700 block of North Anna Drive, where Diaz was shot.

After the shooting, a large unruly crowd gathered for several hours, prompting police to shoot pepper balls. A police dog was also accidentally released into the crowd, authorities said.

The next day, Joel Mathew Acevedo was shot after fleeing and subsequently reportedly firing at police, which marked the city's sixth officer-involved shooting this year -- and the fifth deadly incident.

The incidents have roiled the Orange County community, and for the past three nights, protesters have gathered in the areas of the shootings and also at the department.

Monday night, people gathered and set two dumpsters on fire in the area of the second shooting. In the neighborhood where Diaz was shot, about 20 people peacefully protested, Dunn said.

He said the department is increasing patrols in the neighborhoods of the shootings.


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