[W/VIDEO] Anaheim Police Helicopter Drowns Out Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Police Shootings

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An APD 'Angel' in the sky
A candlelight vigil took place last night on West Guinida Lane in Anaheim in memory of David Raya and Joel Acevedo, two young men killed in officer-involved shootings not too far from each other during the summers of 2011 and 2012 respectively. Raya's killing was ruled justified by the Orange County District Attorney's office in October. The circumstances surrounding Acevedo are currently under investigation by the OCDA.

At Joel Acevedo's memorial site, Donna Acevedo began to talk about the memory of her son when one of the Anaheim Police Department's 'Angel' helicopters started circling overhead a little after 8 p.m. It was low and noisy enough to essentially drown out her teary-eyed testimony.

Check out and listen to our raw video below (cue the ghetto bird at 2:23):

The vigil was organized in response to contentious events that occurred Saturday on Guinida Lane including vehicle encounters between Acevedo and officer Kelly Phillips that ultimately ended in a pull over for a traffic ticket, calls for backup, angry residents and witnesses alleging that police trashed the memorial. Phillips, it was revealed in an OC Register ride-along write-up last year, was the officer involved in the fatal shooting of Joel Acevedo. The deceased man's mother claims he was handcuffed and executed. Police authorities have said that Acevedo was armed and fired first.

Last night's gathering drew more than forty people, including family members of both Acevedo and Raya. As to the question of the helicopter's presence, Anaheim Police Department Public Information Officer Bob Dunn tells the Weekly that "it was on patrol and monitoring several events at the venues in our South District."

Genevieve Huizar, mother of another dead-by-cop Anaheimer, Manuel Diaz, called watch command complaining that the circling helicopter was being disrespectful. She eventually received a call back from someone and according to Dunn, it was relayed that the helicopter would be told to "avoid the area, unless necessary for emergencies, as to not interrupt the memorial."

Earlier this morning, a press conference was held and called on officers that have been involved in police shootings, such as Phillips, to be reassigned to other neighborhoods.

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sonicpig
sonicpig

Geepers 18usc241, I've been driving the OC for decades and have never been pulled over.  Maybe you jus a shitty driver...... or , I know, the big bad Man has your number and is trying to divert your attention -  to eliminate you.  Kinda like suicide - by - cop - by - "sick Idiot".  Man, you are  sick sumbitch.  The chopper was probably trying to blow out the candles, it being fire season and all. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

For years my job was to outsmart crooks with embedded hardware and software. Never in my wildest dreams did I think cops would be the biggest crooks. 

Signed Big brother's little brother

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

PS: My assessment of the new hispanic Anaheim police chief 5 days into his tenure: la misma mierda

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

This is the same toilet paper Orange County helicopter force that thinks it's funny to be harassing Americans as they are driving their vehicle around Orange County, CA. 

News alert to the sick idiots of the Orange County police helicopter force:

Every second that you harass a driver is a second you are deliberately diverting that drivers attention. That in turn has the potential to cause a serious accident. That in turn has the potential of finding your ass in federal prison for life - I refer you to the second half of 18USC241 - ironically the same name of my social media accounts. 

The reason that the resident Orange County cop apologists should care about this? It could be you or one of your loved ones involved in the potential serious accident. 

Now for the really sick part. In my case, when the helo-harassment didn't stop you left me with the awful impression that a disaster is what you wanted. AKA: do anything to cover up your dog shit.

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