Residents Speak at Emergency Anaheim City Council Meeting

Brandon Ferguson
News vans line the boulevard outside of Anaheim City Hall. The city council held an emergency meeting to discuss a lawsuit recently brought against the city by the ACLU.
Today, a small group of Anaheim residents addressed an emergency meeting of the city council before public officials went behind closed doors to discuss, among other things, a recent lawsuit brought against the city by the ACLU. The suit filed in June alleges the city's majority Latino population isn't properly represented by the five member council, none of whom are Latino.

The group of about 20 speakers, still seething over the July 21 death of unarmed Anna Drive resident Manuel Diaz, spoke in support of voting districts, and the creation of civilian oversight of police.  

Criticisms were also leveled at the city's police department, which some feel responded to recent legal protests with paramilitary equipment.  

One speaker, who declined to give his name said unrest during last Sunday's protests wasn't the result of Occupiers from areas outside of Anaheim.

"Outside instigators were not comrades that came from Oakland or LA." he said. "They were Fullerton PD, Brea PD and other officers that came in riot gear."

Brandon Ferguson
Theresa Smith, whose son Caesar Cruz was shot by Anaheim police in 2009, addresses the city council.
Anaheim resident Father Arturo Ferreras, who officiated a prayer vigil for Diaz on Sunday discussed the need for more than four districts, the number currently being considered by the council.  

"We believe in a diverse community like Anaheim to only have four districts is not enough," he said. And when it comes to business-community conflict, the business always wins."

In addition to voting and police oversight, questions were raised as to whether or not next week's regular council meeting will be cancelled out of fear of more unrest.  Non-profit news agency Voice of OC reported today that Councilmember Lorri Galloway suggested as much.

The meeting is scheduled to be held in the Anaheim High School Auditorium. After last week's meeting saw the small council chambers reach capacity rioting broke out in the downtown area.  Councilmember Kris Murray told the Voice of OC that Galloway's claim is false and that the meeting will happen, but during public comments today, Joan Sosa of the group Take Back Anaheim questioned the council's resolve. 

"If you are afraid," Sosa said, "You shouldn't be serving the people."

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20ftjesus topcommenter

I want to know what these mothers (of dead gangbangers) did to keep their sons out of gangs?  Oh ya, NOTHING!


Cruz' mother admitted at the Anaheim City Council podium during public comments that her son was a gangbanger! She complained that although her son was a gangbanger he was a human being. What about all the other human beings who were victims of Cruz' gangbanging?! What kind of "human being" gangbangs? A Gangbanger stabbed Daniel Rowlett 12 times and killed him for his wallet! What about human being Daniel Rowlett?! She never mentions that! She would accomplish a lot more if she told her grandchildren to stop wearing the traditional gangbanger clothing they wear and wore in the photo published by gangbanger lover Amber Stephens! James Robert Reade


 @20ftjesus I'd hazard to guess you're not really qualified to answer that question Jeezuz.


 @JamesRobertReade   You obviously know little about the ghetto. Most of the gang members are forced into gangs out of fear.  Just like when kids get bullied at the playground and made to do things they do not want to do.  Others do it for status both situations are wrong, but when you are told "you are going to do this or this will happen" you do it.  Anybody would, you have to step outside your comfort zone and try to view things from a different perspective.  Having grown up in the ghetto I remember these times. I also remember the POLICE beating the shit of young kids and harassing them, which to some became f-it if I'm going to be bullied, threatened and harassed by the police I might as well be in a gang at least they back up there own.  The ghetto is a different mindset even if it sounds dumb you have to learn how to survive and adapt as in any situation.  There needs to be culpability and sentences for these COPS who are nothing more that LEGAL GANG MEMBERS themselves and the ghetto itself needs to be a bit more proud of themselves and try to elevate these children.  It's easy to comment from the outside and make remarks about a group of people, but all groups have fault Its just that most white people act on their own when they kill tens/hundreds of people and gangs kill 1 or 2 as a group.  No matter what those two men were that got shot the police have no right to harm the unarmed.  They are supposed to PROTECT AND SERVE not harass and kill.  No wonder most minorities HATE THEM, you wouldn't like people who bully/kill your people either.

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 @brandonf76 That's fair, but a strong family unit is one way, an important way, of keeping kids out of gangs. 

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