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Monday, July 30, 2012

Ninth Day of Protests in Anaheim


Excerpts from the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
By ERIC CARPENTER, ANDREW GALVIN, TOM BERG, SCOTT MARTINDALE and SONYA SMITH

ANAHEIM – At least nine marchers who took part in unruly protests Sunday against the city's police department were arrested on the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations by residents and activists furious over two recent police shootings.

The demonstrations unfolded July 21 following the fatal afternoon shooting of unarmed Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, in a residential alleyway on Anna Drive just east of downtown Anaheim. Police said the Santa Ana resident was a known gang member who was attempting to flee from two officers when he was shot.

A day later, Anaheim police fatally shot 21-year-old Joel Acevedo after he fired at officers during a chase, police said.


Chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" the marchers passed police cars emblazoned with the names of cities as far away as Mission Viejo and Dana Point.

The crowd was met on Harbor at Ball Road by a line of about 50 police officers in riot gear and about two dozen officers on horseback, preventing the group from advancing south toward Disneyland.