More Orange County protests planned today over police shootings
More protest rallies in Anaheim were scheduled for Saturday afternoon as anger continues over the police shootings that set off a week of unrest in the Orange County city.
Organizers say they will hold a sidewalk speak-out at noon at the corner of La Palma Avenue and Anna Drive, close to the location where Manuel Diaz, 25, was fatally shot on July 21 after police said the unarmed man was evading arrest. Family and friends also are reported to be holding a car wash nearby to raise money for his funeral.
“I think a lot of people are frustrated and have a lot to say,” said Adam Lerman, a rally organizer with the group called Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. He said the gathering, by a street memorial for Diaz, was meant to be a peaceful way to bring attention to what his group considers brutal police tactics against Latinos.
Also scheduled to start at noon is a rally by Occupy Orange County outside the main entrance of Disneyland on Harbor Boulevard. That protest’s Facebook invitation contends that Disneyland ultimately controls the Anaheim city government and should be held responsible for police conduct.
Protests over police conduct have rocked Orange County's largest city since the Diaz shooting. A day later, police shot and killed Joel Acevedo, 21; police say he fired on officers during a foot chase. On Tuesday night, about 1,000 demonstrators clashed with police outside a City Council meeting, leading to arrests and property damage in the area.
-- Larry Gordon
Photo: Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait addressed the media Wednesday with Anaheim Police Chief John Welter regarding the Anaheim protesters. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.