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Protest planned against Anaheim police after shooting, melee

July 22, 2012 | 12:00 pm
Protesters have planned a demonstration in front of the Anaheim police station Sunday, a day after officers shot and killed a man, prompting an angry crowd to throw bottles at police and set fires on the street.

The demonstration is planned for noon, organizer Theresa Smith told the Orange County Register.

"[The Anaheim police] are not judge, jury and executioner," Smith told the newspaper. "Nobody is given their due process and it just seems like everything has gotten out of hand."

The melee broke out Saturday night, hours after police fatally shot a man. Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said the incident began when two patrol officers tried to approach three men in an alley in the 600 block of North Anna Drive about 4 p.m.

It was unclear why the officers first approached the men, but Dunn said they gave chase and one of the officers followed one of the men to the front of an apartment complex, where the shooting occurred.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died about 7 p.m., authorities said.

Police remained at the scene to investigate the shooting, Dunn said, and were encircled by a group of people who began throwing things, including bottles and possibly rocks, at the officers. Police then used non-lethal rounds and pepper balls on the crowd.

A police dog also somehow got free from an officer's car and charged at several people before it was pulled back, Dunn said.

Dunn said more details about the incident — including a tally on the number of those detained or injured — would be available at a news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The name of the man killed has not been released by authorities, but 16-year-old Daisy Gonzalez told the Register the victim was her uncle, Manuel Diaz.

"He [doesn't] like cops. He never liked them because all they do is harass and arrest anyone," Gonzalez told the newspaper after lighting a candle for her uncle, cursing nearby police and a helicopter that hovered above.

Last month, city officials announced an independent review would be conducted into what were described as "major police incidents," the Register reported. The inquiry came on the heels of weekly protests outside the police station, led by relatives of those killed in officer-involved shootings.

Prior to Saturday's incident, the most recent fatal shootings involving Anaheim police happened in January, the newspaper said.


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