Dispatch from Anaheim's Fourth Night of Rage

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Brandon Ferguson
Police firing chemical agent at rioters in Anaheim last night.
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Last night's riots, which erupted around Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway, saw protesters, enraged by the recent police-involved shootings of two residents, smashing windows, setting structural fires and throwing bottles and other objects at cops. The incident kicked off after more than a hundred protesters attempted to enter last night's city council meeting and were turned away by police in riot gear. 

Tensions simmered as the group gathered in the intersection nearby. According to protester Phil Edwards, people surrounded officers near the building at 290 Anaheim Blvd. after witnessing police chasing some in the crowd. 

"Within 15 minutes 150 cops from six different cities showed up," Edwards said.

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Brandon Ferguson
Police drive through the angry crowd at the intersection of Broadway and South Anaheim Boulevard just before a riot erupts.

Indeed, officers representing agencies from Seal Beach to the Orange County Sheriff's Department were on scene when some in the crowd began throwing plastic bottles and other objects. At one point, a large procession of police vehicles drove through the intersection and was kicked and spat at. One man in an Indianapolis Colts jersey was arrested and quickly whisked away. 

Just before 9 p.m., and after giving several orders to disperse, officers armed with paint ball-type guns began firing a chemical agent into the crowd. Bottles and rocks could be heard landing on nearby police cars as police moved outward from the intersection. On nearby Claudina Street, a group of rioters set fire to a parking lot dumpster. After one man raised concern for nearby houses, the flaming dumpster was rolled into the street. 

Weekly photographer Meranda Carter arrived at the shopping center located at Lincoln Avenue and Anaheim Boulevard at around 9 p.m. where she observed several individuals running through the complex smashing windows with skateboards and rocks and tipping over a large water vending machine. 

Further south, a structure near the Sunkist Packing house was set ablaze, but quickly extinguished by Anaheim firefighters. By midnight, as things began to quiet down, police responded to the shopping center on Lincoln. There, a small group of people continued to yell insults at police. One young woman, identified by some in the crowd as a resident of Anna Street, where 25-year old unarmed man Manuel Diaz was shot last Saturday by police, began walking up and down the line angrily shouting insults at officers inches from their faces.

"Fuck the Anaheim police," she screamed. "You guys going to shoot again like you shot last time?" At one point she turned away from officers and defied them to shoot her in the back. Police gave her an order to disperse then were seen chasing her through the parking lot before tackling her under a tree and putting her in a car. At least two others were arrested in the confrontation. 

After a large group of officers, including Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputies, swept through the parking lot, the situation appeared to be calming--though it's hard to imagine the level of anger that gave rise to the unrest has diminished. 

One man, 35-year-old Anaheim resident Edgar Ibirra who was seen yelling at officers before the riot summed up his feelings to the Weekly

"These guys are corrupted to the max. It's coming from Fullerton to here and they're being protected by the District Attorney. They put money into investigations that are being controlled," Ibirra said. "There' a distance between the Anaheim police department and the citizens," he added. "It's going to get a lot worse."

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freedomluchador
freedomluchador

Time to start cutting benefits and pay to all the cops!  They make too much money!  Way over what the regular Joe make...

Adevarul
Adevarul

The lawyer for Díaz's family said Hispanics feel they are disproportionately singled out by police and instinctively avoid police.  "White kids in a rich white neighborhood don't get rousted by police and when they do, they don't have to fear the police. But that's not true with brown kids in a poor neighborhood," said Dana Douglas, the attorney.

 

Dana Douglas:  One more scumbag, money grubbing lawyer who wants to frame illegal and despicable actions of rioters by RACE BAITING.  If the cops shot this young man without just cause (like IF he was armed and an immediate threat to their lives) they should be tried and punished.  Attempting to taint all America people and police forces by turning this into a “white rich kid vs.  poor brown kid” is the kind of close minded, racist, bigoted act that spurs on more senseless violence and destruction.

 

TRUTH WAS JUST SPOKEN  AG

JustSayin
JustSayin

"Just before 9 p.m., and after giving several orders to disburse"

 

FYI: Disburse = pay out/ make a payment

Disperse = to drive or send off in various directions; scatter: to disperse a crowd./dissipate - dispel - disband - spread - diffuse

jacko62
jacko62

Brandon, take "fuck" out of the story and add the article to your clip file. shows good spot news reporting ability.

jacko62
jacko62

Way to go Brandon! Looks like a well covered story. Looks like it took the Reigtser 20 reporters to provide the coverage you did alone. Keep after the sonsofbitches!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

"...before tackling her under a tree..."  Sweetness.  I hope the cops punched that big fat mouth of hers and had trouble extricating their fists from her tonsils. 

1000Steps
1000Steps

"officers representing agencies from Dana Point to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.." Dana Point is represented by OC Sheriff.

TheFullertonista
TheFullertonista

 @20ftjesus You advocate that the police commit assault and battery on a person who is simply exercising her First Amendment right to free speech?

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

 @1000Steps Yes, but their cars say City of Dana Point in large, friendly letters. I saw the cars too.

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