Anaheim Protests Rage Three Miles Outside Disneyland

Last weekend, police officers shot and killed two men in the heavily Latino city that’s also home to the Happiest Place on Earth. There have now been five officer-related civilian deaths in Anaheim since the year began, and residents are fighting back. posted on

1. Saturday, July 21: Manuel Diaz is shot.

According to the Orange County Register, two patrol officers saw three men, including 25-year-old Diaz, standing near a car in an alley in the early evening. The men ran when officers tried to make contact, and one of the officers began shooting. Diaz, pictured with his daughter, was apparently a known gang member. He was unarmed at the time.

This video, sent to OC Weekly, shows Manuel Diaz lying on the grass, shot but still alive. A small crowd yells “He’s still alive, man!” and “Why did you have to shoot him in the head?” Diaz reportedly died hours later in the hospital.

3. Sunday, July 22: The protests begin.

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Activist Marlena Carrillo shouts at police during a press conference at the Anaheim Police Department.

That night, another Anaheim officer shoots and kills a man, Jose Acevedo (right), who was fleeing police in a reportedly stolen car with three other passengers. Shots were fired at the officers from the car and police took Acevedo down.

5. Tuesday, July 24: A peaceful rally turns into a riot.

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Police officers protect the streets around Anaheim City Hall. A rally outside became violent after some demonstrators were turned away from a city council meeting.

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A protester confronts police, who are blocking the entrance of city hall.

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A protester kicks a police car outside city hall.

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A protester is handcuffed during the demonstration.

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More protesters confront police. The sign reads “Shoot Me And I’ll Shoot Back.”

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Another protester is arrested.

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Officers guard Anaheim City Hall.

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By the end of the night, 24 protesters would be taken into custody.

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A protester sets fire to a sign.

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Protesters tried to occupy the the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway near Anaheim City Hall.

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Protesters flung chairs through the windows of a nearby Starbucks.

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Starbucks customers huddle for cover.

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Twenty businesses were vandalized throughout the night’s protests. The Starbucks was attacked as police officers tried to move protesters away from Anaheim City Hall.

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A pedestrian is injured near more destroyed businesses.

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A protester helps a friend who was struck by a rubber bullet. Six people were treated for minor injuries, including an officer and two journalists.

20. Wednesday, July 25: Manuel Diaz’s mother calls for peace.

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Genevieve Huizar says she doesn’t want violence to be her son’s legacy in a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif.

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A memorial for Manuel Diaz. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has called for state and federal investigations into the deaths of Diaz and Acevedo. Huizar filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city, the police department and the police chief.

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