United States: Anaheim Rises After Police Kills Unarmed Man

After the police shot Manuel Díaz, a 25-year-old unarmed Latino man on Saturday, July 21st during a chase in Anaheim, California, the community reacted with protests against police brutality claiming an increased violence against them. The details of the shooting are still under investigation. On one side, the police claims Díaz was a documented gang member that was behaving suspiciously, on the other, witnesses say Díaz was executed. Some netizens reported on the latter on Twitter, like Anti-Capitalist:

@OccupyAllSt#Anaheim police kills another man, witnessess claim he was handcuffed.http://rt.com/usa/news/boston-woman-punishment-officer-886/ …

And Buzzsaw, who explained:

@MillCityComicLet's break it down 4 them real simple.#SFPD & #Anaheim #APD -> When you shoot somebody dead who is in handcuffs, it's an #execution.

This video, uploaded anonymously, alledgely shows Díaz laying on the ground, a man yelling “he's still alive,” and the police trying to control the crowd instead of helping the suspect.

On the same day of the shooting, the residents confronted the police with rocks and bottles and they were harshly repressed. A video showing police firing on women and children quickly went viral and sparked a series of demonstrations against what some see as a pattern of police brutality.


Another video shows children's side of the story:
Also people expressed on Twitter their concern about Anaheim's Police actions.
Rotating Skull from San Francisco said:
@rotatingskull: If a police dog “accidentally” attacked an unarmed mother and baby then it should be put down. But we know it wasn't an accident. #anaheim
Blogger curecanti sarcastically affirmed:
@curecanti#Anaheim cops kill a citizen per month. Residents are protesting, so the cops have escalated to one per day. @FearDept
While Fran MercantiAnthony questioned:
@HelloFrances: Why are there many videos of cops firing rubber bullets & yet none of “bottles & rocks thrown at officers”? #Anaheimhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/anaheim-police-chief-concerned-officer-shootings.html …
Others were worried about the possibility of censorship, like blogger Black Swan who suspiciously mentioned:

 @NewsVortex: Hmmmmmm. The Youtube vids for the Anaheim police assaults are being removed, even from @Ocweekly and @CBSLA

Then declared:
@NewsVortex: Apparently, someone doesn't want you seeing the brutality of Anaheim police, who violated civil rights of Latino families. Vids vanish.
There were also complaints about the media coverage, mainly centered these days on the Aurora, Colorado tragedy (where a man shot inside a movie theater killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens).
Jason Gerdon said:

@JGfromOC: Dear @NBCLA@CBSLA & @ABC7, I understand the dedication to cover thing in Aurora, but y so little coverage of what is happening in Anaheim?

Finally, some even compared the shooting with other world news like Chili Palmer:

@F22Raptorace: Shoot women & kids? Sick dogs on innocent folks? Is it #Afghanistan #Iraq #Syria. No its the #Anaheim Police Department

Or Think Mexican online community who condenmed:
@ThinkMexican: How can the United States condemn other countries for human rights abuses when this is happening in #Anaheim, CA? http://ow.ly/crpd0 
A Facebook invitation calls for an FTP (“Fuck the Police”-link leads to origin of the phrase) in Spanish Harlem, in New York City, in solidarity with those in Anaheim who were protesting the fatal police shooting on Saturday and to ask for justice for Manuel Díaz.

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