BREAKING: OC DA Rules Killing of Manuel Diaz by Anaheim Police Last Year Justified

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Gabriel San Román is at a press conference right now by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackackaus in which the DA has ruled that last year's killing of Manuel Angel Diaz by the Anaheim Police Department was justified.

"It is our legal opinion that the evidence does not support a finding of criminal culpability on the part of Officer [Nick] Bennallack," Rackauckas said. "There is significant evidence that the officer's actions were reasonable and justified under the circumstances."
This, despite the fact Diaz was unarmed and facing away from the police officer.

The death of Diaz, of course, caused a hella lot unrest last summer and thrust Anaheim into an uncomfortable national spotlight for having such a clueless establishment.

More details as they come...

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grvz5247
grvz5247

So a white guy kelly thomas gets justice but a latino man doesnt? This is the united racist Nazi states!

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

This is bullshit. There saying that if you are latino that they can just kill you and nothing hapens. One day this shit is going to get out of control.

JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.
JV Joaquin Vazquez Jr.

If the comments below the article are indicative of so many OC resident's mentality..I am so glad I chose the IE! Plus my mortgage is 1/2 of theirs muahaha.

Eva Chavez
Eva Chavez

Bristol West Bldg in Orange :) (the one you see right off the 57) I guess they had a small statement to Chanel 4 News yesterday evening. As I was leaving they were either setting up cameras or putting them away

Ramon Altamirano
Ramon Altamirano

The rants on this article are so hateful, plus the negative morons that call all Latinos "spics" can't even put a coherent rant together.

Eva Chavez
Eva Chavez

Anne- its not just those of us with color in our skin. Kelly Thomas was beat to death while he literally begged for his life...so bad that he was even yelling for his dad. This needs to stop, nobody feels safe anymore

Eva Chavez
Eva Chavez

The cops attorney works out of my office building.

Abril Zamora
Abril Zamora

Apparently they forgot about the fleeing felon rule. Yay anaheim -.-

Matt Miller Sr.
Matt Miller Sr.

Poor "Stomper". He was a rising star in his gang, now he'll never be able to reach his full gang banger potential.

Beatriz Torres
Beatriz Torres

How can you justify that when he was shot in the back as if her were some animal. There is no Justice!!!

Anne Bagasao
Anne Bagasao

Our brown and black sons and daughters are being slaughtered by the police in this country and no one does a thing about it. Time for a revolution to save our children. RIP Manuel Diaz, RIP Kimani Gray.

El Grande
El Grande

It makes me sick....real sick.

Lalo Juarez
Lalo Juarez

Justified?!? I justify what Christ Dorner did then!

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

So if the mother is deported, what, the dogs will suddenly stop barking? Are the dogs Republican dogs or something?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Guess what else is also justified? PAYBACK.

FFO1939
FFO1939

Justice has prevail!! God Bless Anaheim Police Department.

carlashworth
carlashworth

I and my family members have lived no more than half a mile from Anna Drive since the late 1980's. The neighborhood is predominantly, Hispanic, working class community that like many overcrowded neighborhoods has its fair share of criminal activity. When I first moved to this neighborhood, I was shocked at how the Anaheim PD would dangerously speed up and down Acacia Ave. because it was a residential neighborhood where children rode their bikes, chased their balls or siblings into the streets. Even with sirens blaring, children can't be expected to quickly respond to a police car coming at them at eighty miles an hour

carlashworth
carlashworth

. I did call Anaheim police once when a homeless, schizophrenic man was harrassing school children walking home from Edison Elementary School. Anaheim police's response to my call was "Is he blocking traffice? If not then he has the right to be on public property." Yes, I recognize the man's right, but does he have the right to menace six year old children? My point in telling my observations, of which I have more, about Anaheim PD is it shows a callous indifference to the neighborhood of Anna Drive. Most of us work, pay taxes, and lead moral lives. It is very disconcerting for our police force to arbitrarily execute a member of our neighborhood in an alley without benefit of judge, jury or trial to prove his innocence or guilt. Since when was the right to life usurped by police department's belief they need to make society safer for whom?

ibail247001
ibail247001

A statement like this coming from Orange County District Attorney probably seems a bit biased to the general public. If there actually is ‘significant evidence’ justifying the officer’s reaction, make it visible to the citizens of Orange County as well. Manuel Diaz was shot dead for a reason that is still vague. Since it involves a police officer charged with such a severe criminal offence, this statement is only adding to a feeling of insecurity and frustration. They need to give us much more tangible evidence than this concluding statement that was not as grounded in fact/evidence as it should have been.

Dweezle
Dweezle

If the Marine Corp Sgt Shot to death in front of his children for the violation of failing to blindly obey a deputys commands was found to be justified do you believe this would not be justified? in fact the only reason only 2 of 6 murderers, oops I mean officers are facing trial (doubtful conviction)  in the Fullerton PD beating case of  Kelley Thomas is the fact there were soo many witnesses on scene with videos and many came forward to this as well as other print media outlets with evidence. It seems to me with this DA  a badge is just like James Bonds "License to Kill" unquestioned.  well cursory questuioned. But woo Hoo TRex just spent millions on a Public Integrity Unit and how mant integ cases has it investigated? 0

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

"Death or Jail" Stomper knew that when he got jumped into the gang.  Adios raton feo.

FuckCriminals
FuckCriminals

thank god. you fuckers are delusional for siding with gang-banging, low-life, thugs. FTC - FUCK THE CRIMINALS and all of you who support them. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

This is why all laws making it illegal to video record law enforcement will be tossed into the trash heap of history. 

Visions of "mucha gente" wearing lederhosen with federal prison numbers on it one day. You are not above the law. Never were and never will be. God bless video.

Tony Villegas
Tony Villegas

Oh ya. He wasn't a gang banger right? If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck well.....you get the point.

Dweezle
Dweezle

@FuckCriminals You know FC the day you are shot to death for the crime of J-Walking across  Crown Valley Parkway you will understand what real people are talking about.

Or you are Gestapo also

Dweezle
Dweezle

@Mitchell_Young @FuckCriminals I should have continued, Dishwashers Cooks Busboys, Construction workers.  just rememjber, there is one set of laws and 2 interpretations 1 for the well to do & politically connected and another for the workers, and trust me I know the workers obey laws more than the others.

Dweezle
Dweezle

@Mitchell_Young @Dweezle @FuckCriminals Hmm I believe there are a number of investoer with Dianne Harkeys Husband or was it with her, hmm who knows they were fucked ny "Law Abiding" citizens of south orange county. so don't try to tell me it is only the televeangelists and the lasdscapers doing the lawbreaking in southcounty!

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