Police action in Anaheim, on Saturday, has left one man dead, and a neighborhood calling for answers on why he was shot. The as yet officially unidentified male who was shot by Anaheim police was in a group of three men being pursued on foot by authorities, and was chased to the area in front of an apartment complex at 700 North Anna Drive.
Police had initially confronted the three men in an alley, reported the LA Times. After the alley confrontation, the chase and shooting had occurred, a group of residents in the area surrounded the police at the scene, rocks and bottles were being thrown at the officers, and additional police officers were called to the scene. The police used bean-bag rounds and pepper balls to disperse the crowd, while one person was taken into custody.
One YouTube video by 'Rick Florence' shows the confrontation between the police and approximately 100 angry demonstrators, plus the accidental release of a police K-9 officer on at least one individual.
The Orange County Register reported one resident, 16 year-old Daisy Gonzalez had identified the shooting victim as Manuel Diaz. Diaz, she stated, may have run because of his past problems with law enforcement.
Late in the evening on Saturday, residents blockaded an intersection with dumpsters several times and started fires in them. 34 year-old Yesenia Rojas complained that her 1 year-old grandson, in a stroller, was toppled over and nearly attacked by the K-9 unit, Rojas did not explain why the 1 year-old was in attendance at the melee.
Residents complained about the pepper spray used in the crowd control process and one resident, 17 year-old Crystal Ventura, was quoted in the OC Register as saying the victim was first shot in the buttocks area and then once in the head. That report has not been confirmed by Anaheim police, nor has an official determination of the full scope of the incident been made, regarding the shooting, by authorities.