A Closer Look at Less-than-Lethal Weapons Fired at Anaheim Residents on Saturday Afternoon

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As OC Weekly reported on Saturday night, chaos ensued in Anaheim when police fired military grade less-than-lethal weapons at residents when they gathered demanding answers after an officer-involved shooting occured.  CBS News video shows the attacks and police unleashing a K-9 dog in front of a group of residents, including women and children. 

The incident has received nationwide coverage, only further pushed into the spotlight when another man was shot fatally by Anaheim Police on Sunday night. Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department confirmed the weapons used on Anaheim residents on Saturday night were less-than-lethal beanbag rounds and pepperball guns.

Police have told the media the weapons were deployed because residents were throwing bottles at police. So far, no video footage has surfaced of bottle throwing. A bystander told OC Weekly "a few water bottles were tossed in the street" as residents angrily demanded answers from authorities about why Diaz was shot dead, and riot police rushed in after and "just started shooting everyone."  

While over a dozen residents were hit by the beanbag rounds, five children OC Weekly spoke to were grazed by the shots. One minor said she was hit by a teargas bullet in her mouth. Dunn said it was unclear why these weapons were used when there were children present. 

"I don't have an answer for that," Dunn told OC Weekly on Sunday night. "If children were hit, they have not made their presence known to us."  

Residents have reported to OC Weekly when police fired the weapons, they were told "Go home!" with no dispersal warning was given beforehand. When asked why they were told to go home when they were standing in front of their homes, Dunn said perhaps it was because officers believed the residents would be safer inside.  

The use of such weapons in the incident, along with the increase of officer-involved shootings in the city, has raised the issue of militarization of local police forces by media outlets such as RT America. Over the years, there has been widespread concern that misuse of these weapons could prove to be fatal.  

Here is a closer look at the military grade weapons used on Saturday night.

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Naui Huitzilopochtli
Anaheim resident holding up a beanbag casing
 
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a 12-gauge Super Sock bean bag round consists of a cotton drag-stabilized Super Sock(TM) containing approximately 0.4 ounces of lead shot. The munition is fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, effective at distances of up to 30 meters. The Super Sock projectile is in its deployed state immediately after exiting the weapon barrel.  

Officers are trained to shoot beanbag rounds from a distance, as a close-range shot could result in a major injury or death. An on-line store selling these rounds to civilians advises that shots to the head, neck, spine, thorax or heart can result in fatal or serious injury.

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Screenshot of report by U.S. Department of Justice

Another less-than-lethal weapon used was the Pepperball gun, which is an automatic and semiautomatic rifle that shoots 3-gram marble-sized balls that explode into a cloud of hot pepper powder on impact. The guns can launch up to four projectiles with 20 foot-pounds of force. It is supposed to be used on potentially dangerous suspects by law enforcement, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  

The Dept. of Justice wrote in their report, "while less-lethal weapons are less likely to cause serious injury or death than firearms, significant injuries and fatalities can result from their use." No numbers were available on the fatalities of beanbag rounds and pepperball guns within the federal justice system. 

Here is a video shot by Naui Huitzilopochtli of children in the neighborhood talking about the events on Saturday night, with over 7,000 views so far. 

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ocgambill
ocgambill

THIS IS THE MOST PATHETIC DISPLAY OF JOURNALISM I HAVE EVER SEEN, SHAME ON OC REGISTER AND OC WEEKLY,  ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE A BAD SITUATION WORSE? WTF AND WHY WOULD ANYONE GET THESE KIDS TO TURN ON THE POLICE LIKE THIS, THE PARENTS OF THESE KIDS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR ALLOWING THIER KIDS TO BE IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION AS THIS, THIS IS CALLED CHILD ENDANGERMENT, WHERE IS CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WHEN YOU NEED THEM. AS FOR THE ADULTS IF YOU DONT LIKE THE WAY OUR GOVERMENT HANDLES ITSELF PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GO BACK HOME OR TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY YOU WONT BE MISSED AT ALL.

 

AS FOR ANAHEIM POLICE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT. WE SUPPORT YOU 100 PERCENT.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Okay, no one make any joke about using "beanbag" rounds in a Latino neighborhood.  This is serious stuff.  Try and act like adults.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Gustavo, I told you you should have fired her instead of Dulaney!

 

Where do I even start with this... Holy crap!

DubV
DubV

 @ocgambill Typical "Old Boy" OC, this was a user upload of children; pretty legit, no teleprompter

MisterX
MisterX

 @ocgambill Hey moron, we're all Americans.  We own our government and our police and our current police sucks.  Anaheim PD are incompetent, poorly-trained, trigger-happy goons.  They will cost the taxpayers of Anaheim MILLIONS in lawsuits.  Fuck you APD, we support you 0 percent.  Notice what happened in Fullerton?  APD you're next.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @909Jeff Both sides of the story—what's your beef with this?

ocgambill
ocgambill

 @DubV

 Agreed, but someone from the OC Register or OC weekly had to post it on this site.... That was irresonsible in my opinion, I mean what would we be if it was not for our cops, and there are alot of good cops out there, you cant take the view of children who do not have the life experience to really understand the scope of what is really happening they only know what the adults are saying. 

ocgambill
ocgambill

 @MisterX

 Mister X you must be smoking crack with all those other POS Anaheim wanna be gang bangers and no we are not all Americans as you put it, some of us have served our country, some of us have lost loved serving our country and some of us respect and love our country and then there are people that cross our borders and demand all the rights and services of long term Americans who have been here for several generations,  these same POS who disrespect our law enforcement, our public welfare system and those people are well you guessed it from south of the border. My god look around who lives in the worst areas of Orange County, everything they touch turns to crap, they cant even control thier own gang banging kids, good god if you do anything right Obama shut down our borders and save America from becoming a 3rd world country. Oh and MisterX you are just stupid.

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @GustavoArellano

My beef is with a lot of the Weeklys reporting on this... At what point do you get tired of having piece of shit criminals bring this upon themselves... then drag their communities into it? Why don’t the residents protest against the gangsters, drug dealers, and car thief’s that bring the APD into their neighborhoods.... When will any individual there take responsibility for taking their kids out into an escalating confrontation? Since when has any police force anywhere stopped an active investigation to appeal to the demands of a mob? Since when is it okay to throw projectiles at the cops and not expect a response? If you act like a mob of assholes you’re gonna get treated like it... Expect it! And then they cry about getting a few bruises because you were shot with a bean bag? Or a pepper spray ball... People get shot with paintballs all the time for fun and don’t cry like little bitches about it? Honestly, why are you even surprised by this?

 

The cops may or may not have murdered Diaz... Cooperate with an investigation. Hire an attorney and approach it like civilized people... And if in fact Diaz did nothing wrong will it help or hurt the case to 1) assault the cops 2) set dumpsters on fire 3) withhold evidence?

 

As far as Ambers story goes all I can say is as a Journalist you can either be a part of the solution or you can continue to incite the people to have further confrontations with the APD... Amber clearly has chosen the latter. Her continued use of the term "Military Grade" is meant to illicit strong emotions. Military grade Amber... Really? When I was in the military the weapons we used would have leveled the entire neighborhood. Scorched earth style... These people got welts and bruises. Amber also dismisses any culpability that the mob may have had in the escalation of the events and makes damning accusations at the APD. Amber has no concept of personal responsibility.  Everyone is a victim to her most notably the criminals.

 

Like the Kelly Thomas case I hope the truth does come out. One way or the other.

 

 

 

ocgambill1
ocgambill1

 @MisterX  @ocgambill A little late in my response, but did you say "Fuck you for my service" Check it out you fukn low life POS bean eating MF anytime scum bag any time you wanna tell me fuck you for my service to my face just tell me when and where asshole and I will be there, you might wanna bring a lunch cause after I get done educating your stupid ass I will be driving your douche bag ass back to T.J. punk ass brown pride loser. Oh please pick a spot say somewhere around San Clemente or maybe even Oceanside so you can tell all of the men and woman in our military how you really feel, Mister X. Just a note, no I am not NAZI no I dont care for Rush, Just an OC American sick of shit heads like you.

 

MisterX
MisterX

 @ocgambill Fuck you for your service killing brown people for corporate profits?  Got that?  Cause I can repeat it. I believe you are looking for the Rush Limbaugh website, or was it the OCR.  Or maybe American Nazi Party?

MisterX
MisterX

 @obongobabbahlewee Your kids should be deported for their own good.  Oh that's right, you have not yet found a mate willing to bear you children.  That is understandable.

obongobabbahlewee
obongobabbahlewee

 @20ftjesus The children SHOULD be taken away by child protective services--any children put in danger should be taken away and deported!

ocgambill
ocgambill

 @GustavoArellano

 Gustavo please tell me you actually are not a reporter of any kind are you? Good god I hope not, doesnt the truth and both sides of a story mean anything to you are is it becasue you are GUSTAVO you have chosen to be one sided.

MisterX
MisterX

 @909Jeff They live in that neighborhood with trigger happy cops looking to bust people for $10 drug deals you idiot.

MisterX
MisterX

 @909Jeff Could you rant a bit more in a slightly more longwinded fashion about your absurdly trivial complaints?  Please take some personal responsibility and attempt to fix your brain so it is capable of rational thought.  Amber - nice story.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @909Jeff Sorry, we're closing our issue right now so don't have TOO much time to respond thoughtfully. Am also trying to improve our commenting system so it doesn't have so many pinche hiccups :-/

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @GustavoArellano

 Thats it? thats all?

 

I would have expected a more thoughtful response. I'm sorry you didnt find my words to be more "effective or persuasive" But as expected no one can tell you otherwise.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @909Jeff "Part of the solution or part of the problem" is the WORST rhetorical offering of them all. We report; you deride!

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