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Activists mobilize nationwide to protest Anaheim police shootings

July 26, 2012 |  9:02 pm

A memorial for Manuel Angel Diaz, who shot to death by Anaheim police
Activists nationwide are mobilizing online to organize marches and demonstrations in solidarity with Anaheim protesters in the wake of two deadly officer-involved shootings that have rocked the city.

The killings of two Latino men sparked several days of heated protests, including one Tuesday night that exploded into violence after police and hundreds of protesters clashed by City Hall and in adjacent neighborhoods. 

The shootings of Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, and Joel Acevedo, 21, have laid bare the economic divide between the city's pockets of glitz and affluence and the less-prosperous Latino neighborhoods, where residents have voiced outrage over police conduct.

Photos: Protest against Anaheim police shootings

That anger has struck a chord from from Oakland to New York, where solidarity protests are planned for Friday and into the weekend. The events are being organized on Facebook and Twitter. Activists are sharing posters for the actions and information on topics including defending against tear gas.

In Los Angeles, activists plan to march Friday evening from 6th Street and Union Avenue in the Westlake neighborhood to the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart station. 

On Sunday, a noontime demonstration is scheduled to take place in front of the Anaheim Police Department headquarters at 425 S. Harbor Blvd.


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Photo: An Anaheim resident on Wednesday walks past a memorial for Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, who was shot to death by police. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press