More Protests Rock Anaheim After Police Shootings

Five arrested, one injured in yesterday's melee
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:46 AM CDT
Police wait at the entrance to city hall in Anaheim, Calif. Tuesday July 24, 2012 as demonstrators gathered on the steps to protest the death of Manuel Diaz, 25.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Stuart Palley)
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(Newser) – Protesters once again faced off with Anaheim police yesterday after an officer shot and killed an unarmed man Saturday. More than 600 demonstrators thronged outside City Hall while a meeting was being held inside, and things got violent: Patio chairs were thrown through a Starbucks window, the windows of at least five other businesses and one vehicle were shattered, multiple fires were set, walls were spray-painted, one person was injured, and five people were arrested as some of the protesters threw water bottles and rocks toward police. Police also fired non-lethal projectiles into the crowd.

In addition to Saturday’s shooting, the Anaheim community is upset over a second fatal police shooting Sunday—the year's fifth death at the hands of an Anaheim officer—though that man reportedly opened fire on police during a chase, Reuters notes. Officials will ask federal authorities to investigate the shootings, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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