More Protests Planned In Anaheim To Denounce Recent Officer-Involved Shootings
ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — More protests are planned Sunday to denounce last weekend’s two deadly officer-involved shootings in Anaheim.
Kristine Lazar, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said a silent peace walk is scheduled for noon beginning and ending at City Hall, as well as a protest in front of the Anaheim Police Department which has been lined with barriers.
On Saturday, a small group from Occupy Orange County gathered outside Disneyland, carrying signs and chanting anti-police slogans.
The civil unrest in Anaheim is the result of two back-to-back officer-involved shootings last weekend that claimed the lives of 25-year-old Manuel Diaz and Joel Mathew Acevado, 21.
Diaz’s mother, Genevieve Huizar, said she is relieved that both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are conducting investigations into her son’s death.
“They need to do a full investigation. They need to make the change. The change for the better, for the community,” Huizar said Saturday.
Also on Saturday, friends and family of Diaz held a car wash to assist his family.
Diaz, described by police as a documented gang member, was shot on July 21 when police say he appeared to reach for something in his waistband.
His family denies police allegations that he was a gang member and claim he was first shot in the legs, then fell to his knees and was then shot in the back of the head. He died at a hospital several hours later.
The following day, Acevedo was shot and killed by officers after police said he opened fire during a foot chase.
A mass for Diaz is expected to take place Sunday evening.
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