Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Chaos in Anaheim as Protest Grows and Police Continue Firing With Blunt Force Ammunition

Activist Post

Crowds are getting more and more restless and angry in the wake of the fatal shooting of Manuel Diaz and the chaos that ensued.

Just a day later, another fatal shooting by Anaheim police was reported; this time of Joel Acevedo who was reportedly in handcuffs when the killing took place.

Last night the situation between police and the public seems to have spiraled further out of control, as reported below in the recorded livestream video by journalist Tim Pool from Timcast.tv. He gives a first-hand account of an escalating situation that is seeing police respond more forcefully, "firing indiscriminately in every direction and chasing (protesters) down the street." After a series of fires, presumedly set by locals, Pool returned to the scene where he and his partner were shot at multiple times, even after holding up a press pass. Tim also reports that seven people were arrested for a failure to disperse.



An AP report posted at Daily News Los Angeles reveals additional details about the scene last night, emerging facts about the original shooting of Diaz, as well as activist demands. Details and updates are posted below.

According to the AP report, there were approximately 1,000 protesters and 250 police that faced off for over 7 hours, before dispersing at 2 a.m. Twenty-four arrests are believed to have been made (including four minors), and several injuries were cited that possibly occurred from pepper balls and beanbag rounds used by Anaheim police. (Source)


Protesters also have been gathering at City Council meetings demanding a quick investigation into what they believe to be an overall escalation in cases of police brutality and unnecessary killings of residents in their community.

A $50 million civil rights lawsuit has been filed by the family of Manuel Diaz against the city, as well as the Anaheim police department.

One especially interesting note from the AP report cites Sgt. Bob Dunn:
While most protesters were peaceful, some appeared to be outsiders who 'were prone to violence and wanted to incite' both the crowd and police, Dunn said.
Activists in the area should be on alert for agents provocateur that are often brought in to infiltrate destroy the credibility of peaceful protest. This tactic has been documented heavily throughout the Occupy Movement (and here).

Meanwhile, more details are emerging about the Diaz killing that are quite disturbing and could lead to even greater outrage in the coming days if Police Chief John Welter does not properly address the situation:
Mayor Tom Tait said a description from court papers relayed to him by a reporter that Diaz had been shot in the leg and in the back of his head was 'unsettling.'
The police union, however, is not making matters better by coming out in defense of the officers involved before all of the facts have been established.

We will do our best to keep you updated about the most recent developments. If you have any additional information, please post to the comment section below, or contact us directly at activistpost (at) gmail.com

Main source for this article:
http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21153090/anaheim-police-greeted-outrage-unrest-over-shooting?source=rss

Facebook Protest Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/344828062262298/

Another excellent source for updates can be found at the Facebook Page for Filming Cops:
http://www.facebook.com/FilmingCops?ref=ts

Additional photos can be found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/anaheim-police-protest_n_1698091.html

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see what the police chief does now - this is getting out of control. I had heard that Diaz was shot in the back of the head, and that he was already caught. This is scary because if you run or surrender, you could be executed on site.

Anonymous said...

The rioters are making this a dangerous situation. If they continue to riot more people will die.

Anonymous said...

While most protesters were peaceful, some appeared to be outsiders who 'were prone to violence and wanted to incite' both the crowd and police, Dunn said

So they needed to shoot at everyone including the guy trying to record it, holding up a press pass. And they needed to make arrests in CLEAR violation of the first amendment right to assemble. Orders to disperse are unconstitutional and any court who upholds these charges is illegal.

And there still has been no mention of gun control after these shootings. These Anaheim PD thugs should not be given guns.

Anonymous said...

"The rioters are making this a dangerous situation. If they continue to riot more people will die."

I agree to an extent, but the problem is that once these types of protests start up over something so serious as alleged straight-up executions of prisoners by police they are going to attract some or a lot of the outlaw "anarchists" that are looking for a chance to start some shit with the 'pigs'.

And agent provocateurs will be around too most likely whether actually needed or not.

Ultimately though the blame rests on the brutality of the long arm of the law in this case.

It is kind of difficult to scold people for becoming violent when reacting to the police using extreme, fatal violence - on multiple occasions in just a few days.

When the people who are supposed to keep the peace are engaging in straight-up thuggery and violence you can't expect all of the people to remain peaceful and just turn the other cheek to it without some of them venting some of their outrage.

Blaming the people and not the police here is like blaming a dog for biting you after you kicked it for the 100th time.

The police provoked this entire chain of events and all the violence that stems from it.

It's too bad they will never be held responsible for it unless violent mobs do the job it seems.

But mob justice is never really true justice.

Anonymous said...

Why the hell aren't there 100,000 people down there protesting? I would if I lived in that part of the world.

Unknown said...

Though I am not a sympathizer with the gang-banger life style, I think that being in handcuffs should have effectively stopped any motivation for the APD to shoot Diaz-- even if he was resisting. A head shot? Are you kidding? There appears to be a legitimate reason to protest here, and shame on the "Occupy" idiots for trying to hijack this protest. Anaheim PD does not seem to understand the value of good public relations, and with each passing day this will only get worse. Time to put away the attack dogs, rubber bullets, bean bags guns and communicate with The People. Otherwise this episode might escalate into a multi-million dollar disaster for the City of Anaheim. There is a reason American Revolutionaries spoke of the "shot heard around the world" in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was the catalyst that caused a change in the course of history, all because an arrogant British soldier felt the need to put a lowly "Colonist" in his place. Take a lesson from history, Chief Welter. You could save lives based on what you do (or don't do) next.

Anonymous said...

We know there are paid or mind-controlled instigators among the protesters. Are there also such implanted paid traitors or Manchurian candidates among the police?

Anonymous said...

any provocatours dressed in black and black masks should be surounded by the people peacefully protesting and "de-robe" them. where we comefrom most of the provocatures are government agents purposly inciting violence so they have a reason to arrest....defff got to come up with a universal way to deal with provocatures/gov agents

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