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Anaheim police and protesters continue to clash as fires burn

July 24, 2012 | 10:28 pm

More photos: Protest against Anaheim police shootings

Protesters and police in Anaheim continued to clash late Tuesday night after officers declared an unlawful assembly and fired less-than-lethal projectiles at angry crowds near City Hall.

At Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard, people grabbed rocks from a construction site 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. 

Other officers farther south on Santa Ana street fired bean bags at protesters on the fourth day of protests following the deadly police shooting of two men over the weekend. 

Photos: Protest against Anaheim police shootings

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

Officers and protesters were clashing after people stormed a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. City officials were discussing the shootings, and the council voted to ask the U.S. attorney's office to investigate.

Anaheim police Sgt. Robert Dunn said that at least five people had been arrested. He said the city did request countywide mutual aid  and a tactical alert. “An order to disperse has been given," Dunn said.  The sergeant said officers and an Orange County Register reporter were hit by rocks.

Marco Chavez, 17, said he was almost hit with a bean bag pellet Tuesday night. He picked up the pellets "for souvenirs."

Chavez, an Anaheim resident, said he came out because he believes the police have been "unfair." 

"They are illegally gang-banging on civilians," he said.

George Alvarado, 29, said he came out to support the cause and was shot in the head. He said he didn't realized it until a friend pointed out the blood. "Yeah, it was the heat of the moment," he said of the wound.

 He said of Anaheim police: "What they are doing is wrong."

As officers faced off with people at Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train crossed the intersection. On the side of the train was a sign read "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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


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Photo: Officers try to extinguish fire in Anaheim. Credit: Ruben Vives/Los Angeles Times