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L.A. Now Live: Discuss Anaheim unrest, protests

July 30, 2012 |  7:57 am

Times staff writer Matt Stevens will join city editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about the ongoing community unrest in Anaheim and protests that continued through the weekend over officer-involved shootings.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m.today.

Sunday's demonstration stretched long into the afternoon, with more than 200 protesters initially chanting in front of police headquarters and taking over a parking lot, where they drew chalk outlines of bodies and wrote messages condemning the police.

The protest took a dramatic turn when the crowd began marching en masse on Harbor Boulevard, saying they were headed to Disneyland. But police in riot gear corralled them, and many returned to police headquarters.

The crowd, which ultimately swelled to 350, chanted: "The whole system is guilty" and "Am I next?," touching on a sense of stewing ethnic and class divisions in the city.

Although they were angry, they did not use violence to express it.

"When you saw the initial groups out front of the Police Department, things were going as best as we could have hoped," Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.