Police in the California city of Anaheim, home of Disneyland, are facing allegations of murder and brutality after fatally shooting two Latino men and firing rubber bullets into crowds of protesters. Here is an interview with neighborhood children who were shot at with rubber bullets by police.
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Protests against the police continued through the weekend in Anaheim, California, with one protest on Saturday that was by all accounts nearly silent and completely peaceful, and Sunday's protest being the total opposite
The Youtube video above, courtesy of @timcast, (Caution viewing the video as it may not be suitable for work due to some language, and graphic images.) shows a few of the arrests as they happened in Anaheim on Sunday. Police on foot and on horseback have guns pointed everywhere, at protesters, and at journalists. Even Tim Pool was stopped by an armed officer in riot gear and forced to produce several different forms of identification.
The OC Register reports on some of the arrests Sunday:
Two protestors – Mark Dameron of San Diego and Corbin Sobrita of Escondido – were arrested in front of the Anaheim Police Department's headquarters on Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said, where a crowd of more than 200 was demonstrating Sunday afternoon.
A third protestor, Nathaniel Sierdsma of San Bernardino, was arrested a few blocks away, at Broadway and Clementine Street, Dunn said. All three were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, failing to obey an order and being a pedestrian in a roadway.
Five others whose identities weren't immediately released were arrested later Sunday, Dunn said. The reasons for their arrests weren't immediately available.
On Twitter, these photos of arrests during the protest were making rounds, each is labeled, and please note that not all are from the protests.
Police again blame "outsiders" for arrests on Sunday, and the OC Register reports on some of the various groups that turned out for the protest. Iris Thomas, whose nephew Martin Angel Hernandez was killed earlier this year, participated in Sunday's march and had this to say, "I'm glad to see so many people can get together. It just grieves me it took so many lives being lost for people to pay attention." Then, looking around at the groups of unfamiliar people, she added: "There are a lot of agendas here. A few of us will still be here when everybody else is gone."
By all accounts, even on Sunday it seems that protesters were peaceful, however the police seemed to be conducting all-out urban warfare on the unarmed population, if the videos and photos I've seen thus far are any indication.
So what happened on Saturday? It seems that the protesters held their march, and went all the way to Disney, but the police in riot gear stayed home.
To prepare for Saturday's anti-police protests, Anaheim police filled water barricades and surrounded headquarters with them to keep protesters away. Photo credit: Occupy Ventura.