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9 arrests made during Anaheim police-shooting protests

July 30, 2012 |  5:50 am

Tension between police and protesters in Anaheim remains high after another day of demonstrations in connection with a string of fatal police shootings.

About nine people were arrested Sunday afternoon after about 250 demonstrators gathered in front of police headquarters to protest the officer-involved shootings, according to KTLA. A breakdown of arrests was not immediately available, officials said.

Demonstrators marched down Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road, briefly blocking traffic during a tense moment between protesters and police.

Initially trailed by a handful of officers on horseback and in patrol cars as they marched down Ball Road, the crowd was later corralled by officers who tried to keep protesters on the sidewalk. The march came to a standstill at Lemon Street, where more than 100 officers from various law enforcement agencies -- including police from Santa Ana, Buena Park and Dana Point -- blocked Ball Road from traffic and the remaining 50 or so protesters.

An officer told the group via megaphone that it was violating the California vehicle code by being in the street, prompting some protesters to turn back toward Harbor Boulevard. Shortly after 3 p.m., most of the police had left Ball Road, drawing applause from protesters.

As the members of the crowd moved back down Harbor Boulevard toward the police station, they were followed by trucks and SUVs carrying police in riot gear.

Sunday's protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations in Orange County's largest city in the wake of the two fatal police shootings last weekend.

Manuel Diaz, 25, was shot and killed by police July 21. Authorities have said the unarmed man was avoiding arrest. A day later, Anaheim police fatally shot Joel Acevedo, 21, who authorities said had fired on officers during a foot chase.

A third officer-involved shooting -- in which police opened fire Friday on a burglary suspect, who was unhurt -- was the city's seventh such shooting this year, five of which have been fatal. The city had four officer-involved shootings in all of 2011.

Elizabeth Munoz, 21, watched a group of protesters and police stand off outside her home near the intersection of Ball Road and Cambridge Street on Sunday afternoon. She said she was frustrated with everything: the police, the protesters and the fact that they were in her neighborhood.

"It's not right. They're coming down here where I live," she said. "We don't even have our own privacy. When we need the police, they're not here, but when we don't need the police, they're here invading."

"All this is unnecessary," she said.


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-- Matt Stevens, Rick Rojas in Anaheim and Melissa Leu in Los Angeles

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