– Chaos Erupts After Anaheim Police Open Fire on Unarmed Crowd Including Women and Children (Activist Post, July 22, 2012):
The video below marks a new low in police conduct. The final horrific incident on display allegedly was sparked by the suspicious killing of a man who witnesses say did nothing more than turn to run from police.
After “an unruly crowd” — as the reporter below conveniently states — gathered to ask questions and express anger at what was perceived to be a senseless killing, the officers further proved that those who were gathered had valid concerns about their local police force. In response, police quickly opened fire with rubber bullets, and even set a dog loose on a woman with a baby stroller. The woman was able to grab her baby before the dog arrived, but she was slightly injured, while a man can be seen in the video having his arm bitten.
Police brutality videos are legion, with many of the worst, such as the infamous torture killing of Kelly Thomas, carrying “age restricted” notices (the one below is now included). This restricted notice in many cases restricts them from going viral, even though other scenes of violence classified as “entertainment” are readily available.
This story is still developing and is under investigation, but a very strange aspect to it is mentioned by the reporter in the final moments of the video: witnesses are claiming that Anaheim officers were offering to buy the cell phone footage that some people captured.
It is up to anyone appalled by these actions to inform whomever they can that life in America continues to degenerate at an alarming pace. Police are being trained to see the American people as a threat first, and as citizens of a Constitutional Republic a very distant second. We must be prepared to demand that our local law enforcement use the utmost restraint, and punish those who have offended the honor and duty of what it means to protect and serve. In the meantime, local residents are being urged to take action by protesting in front of the Anaheim Police Department — a large group is taking shape on their Facebook Event Page HERE.
Additional sources and updates can be found by clicking “read more” below. Please include your own links in the comment section to help people stay informed.
Here are additional sources – some with video footage. News anchors say angry witnesses to the deadly shootout started throwing rocks and bottles – but that is not seen in the YouTube video which takes place during day. Another point worth noting is that some of the mainstream news sources are emphasizing that these were non-lethal rounds being shot, but how could the crowd be aware of that … especially children?
The above ABC footage took place at night. Anchors say that police “accidentally” set dogs loose.
Watch as this situation continues into the evening:
Additional photos, videos and text from Laist:
Later on in the evening residents continued to protest, lighting a dumpster on fire and blocking the as can be seen in the video below:
Here’s footage of police rolling to the scene (which gives you a sense of scale of the response) later that evening:
- The victim of the shooting has been identified as 24-year-old Manuel Diaz by family members.
- Officers not yet identified, but two have been placed on leave.
- According to the latest report from The Orange County Register, “protestors stormed the Anaheim police headquarters lobby to protest another officer-involved shooting, chanting messages such as, ‘No justice. No peace,’ ‘Justice for Manuel,’ and ‘Cops. Pigs. Murderers’ in front of a line of five police officers. (Source and photos)
- A new killing has taken place today: Joel Acevedo is believed to have been shot dead while in handcuffs. Adding to the suspicion, officers are reported to have used their flashlights to block video footage being taken by residents of a nearby apartment complex. (Source)
Here’s video of about 50 protestors storming the Anaheim police station. A dispatch is forthcoming… (Source)
Comments from Anaheim police chief, victims, and grieving relatives of Manuel Diaz:
Cops shooting unarmed and oftentimes innocent suspects has been an ongoing and systemic issue in Anaheim. Perhaps the grieving residents simply had enough! That’s what it looks like on the Facebook page above.
Here is an article delving into disturbing previous incidents of police slaughter: http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-06-21/news/caesar-cruz-anaheim-police-department/