It’s been a bad weekend for the residents of Anaheim, California. It’s been a dangerous place to be, even for the women and children. Because the cops there are out of control.
Saturday afternoon, police confronted Manuel Angel Diaz of Santa Ana.
The officers chased Diaz and observed him throwing unidentified objects onto rooftops as he ran, Welter said. What led one of the officers to shoot Diaz remained under investigation Sunday, Welter said. . .
A 17-year-old who lives in the neighborhood said she saw the shooting from about 20 feet away. She said Diaz had his back to the officer and was shot in the buttocks area. Diaz went down on his knees, and she said he was struck by another bullet in the head. The other officer handcuffed Diaz, who by then was on the ground and not moving, she added. . .
Police reportedly tried to buy any video taken by witnesses on their cellphones, residents said.
[Chief of Police] Dunn said he didn’t know whether the allegations were true. He said it was unclear whether it’s against Anaheim Police Department policy to do so, but said that the agency would investigate.
I can’t believe the Chief isn’t aware of this, but buying witnesses’ cell phones is not legitimate police procedure. And running away is no capital crime. An angry crowd gathered around the scene where the killing took place. This is how the police reacted to the tense situation:
. . by firing bean bags and rubber bullets at woman and children, without warning. And attacking them with a police dog. Plenty of Anaheim’s citizens have been bruised and bloodied by their police department this weekend.
On Sunday, Elizabeth Aguilar, 19, displayed a welt on her upper right arm where she said she was hit by a bean bag fired by a police officer at close range.
Aguilar said that when the K-9 dog was released on demonstrators, she was struck by a bean bag after trying to hit the dog as it lunged toward a stroller with a baby inside.
Her father was struck three times by bean bags and had to seek treatment at a hospital, she said.
“I thought (the police) are supposed to warn us if they are about to do something like that to clear the crowd,” Aguilar said. “But they just started shooting at us.
“I used to look up to the police when I was a kid,” she added. “But now I have no respect.”
Now word arrives that the police shot and killed another man. This was yesterday, Sunday. The OC Weekly:
A source is telling OC Weekly five shots were heard as another man was shot by police and believed to be dead. A resident of the neighborhood off of Guinida neighborhood said the shooting happened off of Guinida Lane and Palm Drive. About 200 protesters are on the scene. . .
UPDATE, 2:08 A.M.: Family friends tell the Weekly that the man shot and killed by Anaheim police late Sunday night is Joel Acevedo of Anaheim.
And now this Joel is dead too. One report said he was handcuffed at the time, but that’s unconfirmed. We’ll get details later today. In the meantime, stay clear of Anaheim.