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Anaheim unrest: 24 arrested, 6 injured in night of violence

July 25, 2012 |  6:01 am

At least 24 people were arrested and six injured in violent clashes Tuesday night between Anaheim protesters and police during demonstrations sparked by a series of officer-involved shootings.

Three protesters, two reporters and one police officer suffered injuries during the fourth day of protests, officials said. A breakdown of arrests and a tally of property damage from the clash were not immediately available, they said.

"I think that given the totality of the circumstances, actually things turned out very good," said Sgt. Robert Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department.

Photos: Protest against Anaheim police shootings

During the confrontation, people grabbed rocks from a construction site at Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard and hurled them at officers. Others lighted a fire in the weeds and in trash bins in the area as they were chased by police.

Mohammed Qasem, a 24-year-old Anaheim resident and his friend watched as police formed a line off Anaheim Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. in an effort to quell the conflict. Qasem said he hoped that the protests sent a message that citizens are outraged about recent police conduct.

"It's not cool how they killed the guy," he said, referring to Manuel Angel Diaz, who was shot and killed Saturday night, sparking the first round of protests. "That guy was somebody's son."

So far this year, five people have been shot to death by police in the city. The slayings have sparked outrage about police behavior in Anaheim's Latino neighborhoods.

David Zavala, 25, walked down Anaheim Boulevard on Tuesday evening, moments after police had shot several rounds of non-lethal projectiles at protesters. Zavala said he was on his way to light a candle for his sister's boyfriend, Joel Mathew Acevedo, who was shot after firing at authorities on Sunday evening.

"Anaheim Police Department is just way out of control," he said. "The cops are supposed to be there to protect and serve."

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter decried the violence.

"I respect the people's right to demonstrate, but I wish that they weren't demonstrating in a violent manner," Welter said.

Anaheim police will be prepared for another night of protests, but "whether that materializes is yet to be seen," Dunn said.

Anaheim protesters clash with police

A fatal officer-involved shooting in Anaheim over the weekend has sparked four consecutive days of protest in the city, which culminated Tuesday night at a City Council meeting.

Storified by Kimi Yoshino · Tue, Jul 24 2012 22:24:29

Latino leaders say Anaheim a 'powder keg' after police shootingsSeveral leaders in Anaheim's Latino community are calling for increased scrutiny - including an FBI investigation - of a police shooting ...
No justice, no peace! No racist police! Why won't they let us into the city council meeting in #anaheim?! #policestate http://pic.twitter.com/LXUiPX08Peta Lindsay
Anaheim Police Protest (07/24/2012)dpalabraz
Anaheim protesters ordered to disperseShortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officers in Anaheim issued a dispersal order to protesters at the intersection of Anaheim ...
At about 9 p.m., police ordered protesters to disperse.
Anaheim Police: "If you do not disperse you will be arrested in violation Calif Penal Code 415" #Anaheim #ows @OccupyWallSt via CrossXBonesAmber Stephens
Police force on the scene in #Anaheim is around a hundred, all surrounding protesters. They're being reminded to disperse immediately.Amy
Sending police to disperse a police-inspired riot is like trying to put out a fire with kerosene. #APDRiot #AnaheimAnonymous
When protesters failed to disperse, police began firing pepper balls and other non-lethal rounds of projectiles .
Streets of #Anaheim transformed into war zone by police. Beanbag rounds & pepper balls continue to be fired at protestersKevin Gosztola
#Anaheim going crazy.. protesters throwing rocks, bricks, destroying property, cops shooting non-lethal projectiles, #OWS crapping arrywhereel SOOPer
Girl shot in leg by #Anaheim PD http://pic.twitter.com/uMN9dpzfMiguel
Dumpster fire off Claudina Street in #Anaheim http://pic.twitter.com/dI2b6nv4Nicole Santa Cruz
This man George was shot in the head by a rubber bullet while running away frm police as they fired into crowd #Anaheim http://pic.twitter.com/8U3jg6PjGeoffrey Giraffe
Meanwhile, the nightly fireworks at Disneyland can be heard in the background.
fireworks from @Disneyland is just icing on the cake to riots here in #Anaheim tonight...Epic Beer Girl
In the middle of the #Anaheim riot, a livestreamer thinks he sees something on fire in the distance: turns out to be Disneyland Fireworks.GönzÖakland
Way to go @disneyland with the fireworks on top of police helicopters and rioting. #keepitmagical #anaheimOC Beer Blog
At 9:50 p.m., police are continuing to fire projectiles in an effort to disperse the crowd. Several small fires were reportedly burning.
#UPDATE: Several small fires appear to break out near scene of #Anaheim protests. Officials not sure of the cause: http://4.nbcla.com/OgkvD3NBC Los Angeles
#Anaheim is burning.LilEsBella
RT @Krionni: Police created this mess, fire department (real public servants) clean it up in #Anaheim. http://pic.twitter.com/oK8qfWe0GustavoArellano


Anaheim police and protesters continue to clash as fires burn

Scattered crowds roam Anaheim streets to protest officer shootings

Anaheim protesters throw rocks, bottles, set fires in clashes with police

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives in Anaheim and Melissa Leu in Los Angeles

Photo: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protesters in Anaheim. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times