‘Am I Next’? Anaheim Residents Outraged Over Latest Police Shooting

ANAHEIM (CBS) — Hundreds of Anaheim residents are demanding answers after a local gang member was shot and killed by police.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports the latest in a string of officer-involved shootings led to a outburst at a community meeting on Tuesday night.

Chief John Walters fielded questions over the death of 21-year-old Martin Hernandez from a crowd of over 100 angry residents outraged after the fourth such shooting in the last three months.

Among those in the audience were Hernandez’s girlfriend and mother of their 3-year-old son, who believes Hernandez was the victim of excessive force and wants witness to the shooting to come forward with any information.

“Just how it happened, the fact that he was on the floor already down and giving up and still shot him in the head,” she said.

Walters denied allegations that the documented gang member was shot twice — including once in the head while he was on the ground.

According to police, Hernandez was armed with a shotgun when he refused to follow orders and was shot and killed when he turned the gun toward officers.

Hernandez’s girlfriend said he threw the shotgun over the wall before police retrieved the weapon and began taking photos of the scene with the shotgun near Hernandez.

Residents challenged Walters’ account of the shooting and expressed concern that the trend could continue.

“I feel like, you know what, am I next? Am I supposed to arm myself?” said one man.

A district attorney’s office investigation is still ongoing.

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  1. FFL says:

    Always make sure you look macho in the photos..

  2. Cruze Foxx says:

    Maybe you will be if you point a shotgun at the police like Mr. Martin Hernandez did that night. This family is a disgrace to everyone who has been victimized by real police brutality.

    What makes it worse is that they’re illiterate gang banging trash.

    1. Big D says:

      One less problem, one less gun out on the street.

  3. Big D says:

    Wait this guy was a gang member, and the family admits that he had a shotgun and they wonder why his ass is dead. That trash was no good and he is better off dead. What the hell was he going to do with that shotgun ? Kill someone, Robbery ? Exactly,, now he wont be doing any of that. and we dont have to pay for him being in prison. Case closed. Thank you Police.

  4. George says:

    Wow. The first sentence says it all. What a lawless society we have become when citizens become outraged over the police shooting of an armed and dangerous gang member pointing a shotgun at them.

    To those residents “demanding answers”: Don’t become a gang member and point a gun at police. Very simple.

  5. Greg says:

    What kind of stupid headline is this?! A more truthful headline would be “Anaheim police shoot another gang member pointing a gun at them, making it a safer city”.

  6. Tom says:

    The only residents who are outraged are gang members. Oh my, it’s no longer safe to be a violent, gun-toting gang memerber in Anaheim. How terrible is that?! What’s this world coming to???!!!

  7. Sage Advice says:

    The headline doesn’t fit the story. Typically, and it seems to be the norm, when you are armed with a shotgun in public, and refuse to follow orders, and confront police, you just might have a chance of getting shot. I am not sure what these idiots would expect the police to do – ask him to join them for tea and crumpets? There is REAL police brutality going on, however this is clearly not a case of it. hint; don’t go doing things with a shotgun unless you are at a shooting range, hunting for pheasant, or defending your home (none of which were the case here). Our 2nd Amendment Rights are not for criminals.

  8. TAMI says:

    iT SOUNDS LIKE THE FAMILY IS TRYING TO GAIN SYMPATHY FROM THE PUBLIC. i LIVE IN ANAHEIM TOO AND I AM GLAD THAT THIS GANG MEMBER IS GONE AS WELL AS THE GUN BEING OFF THE STREET TOO. HEY, IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, DONT HAVE GUNS AND BE A GANG MEMBER!

  9. Sage Advice says:

    Yes, you, the loud-mouth fat heffer-hog in the middle of the group in the video; YOU ARE NEXT if you go toting a shotgun around town and confront police with it in hand. I have a good bet you are the kind of person that would do that, just as the slug-of-a-bum that was justifiably shot by police had done as well. You confront police with a shotgun gun in public? Guaranteed it won’t fair well, and it’s a far cry from “police brutality”. Losers trying to defnd a BIGGER loser.

  10. Doug says:

    We need all our troops back in this country to drive all these people back across the border. They are not good white Americans.

  11. ron needham says:

    Seems like the only people at the meeting were gang members or families of gang members, because they all seem to have the same gang mentality. Forget the fact that its night time, in an alley, with 5 or 6 gang members, with a shot gun. Doesn’t sound like a birthday party.
    Good job APD.

  12. The Big Logic says:

    Taking these creatures down, one by one isn’t going to do anything. Another slime critter will join the gang soon after to show their hatred for law enforcement.

  13. Doug says:

    Yes you will probably be next you piece of brown macho excrement.

  14. I beat up Gang Members says:

    Damn…Martin Hernandez had such a promising Baseball career too….just look at those baseball pictures of when he was 10 years old…. 😦

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