California (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
A police shooting that left two Anaheim locals dead has infuriated a community and led to four nights of protests, according to CBS News*. Nearly 250 riot officers were requested by officials to disburse more than 500 demonstrators before order was fully restored. The disturbance led to the arrest of twenty-four people.
The crowd of protestors had formed during the Anaheim City Council’s vote on whether or not to ask the U.S. attorney’s office to further investigate the recent officer-involved shootings, one of which involved an unarmed man. The council voted unanimously to request further investigations.
Many of those who were shut out of the Anaheim council’s meeting were forced to stay outside.
The crowd of demonstrators became unruly during the proceedings, and officers formed lines to try and contain them. The crowd began to loudly taunt the police officers, set fire to nearby trash cans, and break windows at a nearby starbucks.
Riot police fired pepper balls and bean bag rounds into the crowd in hopes of restoring order.
Not all of the people in the crowd were reported to be causing a disturbance. Some were reported to be attempting a peaceful demonstration that was interrupted by a number of unruly people chanting, yelling, and swearing at nearby police officers.
Orange County police officers have shot six people in 2012 and five of those shot suffered fatal injuries, according to CBS News*.
The police union has issued a statement clarifying that the men killed in one of the Anaheim incidences were both gang members and had criminal records. They have also said that the suspect made a movement at the time that led the officers to believe he was reaching for his weapon, according to CBS News*.
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