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Scattered crowds roam Anaheim streets to protest officer shootings

July 24, 2012 | 11:39 pm

More photos: Police fire projectiles in Anaheim

Scattered crowds of protesters in Anaheim continued to roam the streets late Tuesday after violence erupted earlier around City Hall even as officials voted to ask federal authorities to investigate two deadly police shootings that have rocked the community.

The situation appeared to be calming down hours after police faced off with protesters as the City Council met before a packed audience.

Earlier, mobs smashed windows of stores and broke the window of a car belonging to a KNBC-TV Channel 4 reporter.

PHOTOS: Protests against Anaheim police shootings

A mob set fire to Reel Lumber Service, a lumber yard, at Claudina and Santa Ana streets. The fire was knocked down by crews on two Anaheim Fire Department engines.

Earlier, just north of the intersection, a dumpster was set on fire. Paint cans on Claudina were also set ablaze.

As another crowd moved south of the intersection, some of the business' walls were spray-painted with expletives about the police. 

DISCUSS: Anaheim police protests, shootings

Farther south, around 10:30 p.m., officers arrested two men at Water and Claudina streets. At Water and Anaheim Boulevard, police fired several rounds of less-than-lethal projectiles that sent a group of about a dozen people, including reporters, running. Police were shouting at remaining protesters to go home.

Anaheim Police Sgt. Robert Dunn said that at least five people were arrested after the violence broke out Tuesday afternoon.

Joel Mathew Acevedo was shot after he fired at an officer Sunday night. A day earlier, Manuel Angel Diaz was killed after running from police on Anaheim's east side.  

The killings have sparked outrage among members of Anaheim's Latino community. So far this year, five people have been shot to death by police in the city.


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Photo: Police fire less-than-lethal rounds. Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times