Windows Smashed, Fires Set, as Protests Turn Violent in Anaheim [Video]
Protesters broke windows of stores and set fires as clashes with police turned violent in Anaheim. Five people were arrested during the second major demonstration after police allegedly shot an unarmed man.
Tom Tait, the city’s mayor, has asked for assistance from state and federal authorities in an investigation of the shooting of the unarmed man.
“Transparency is essential,” Tait said Sunday. “The investigation will seek the truth. And whatever the truth is, we will own it.”
The shooting will be investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office, the State Attorney General, the Anaheim Police Department’s Officer of Internal Affairs and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The second set of demonstrations began on Tuesday, when over 600 people gathered outside City Hall, where police were inside holding a meeting.
According to NBCLosAngeles.com:
A disperal order was issued at about 9 p.m. to hundreds of demonstrators that began gathering outside Anaheim City Hall around 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, police said. Within minutes, a group of protesters could be seen fleeing from the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway after officers reportedly shot pepper b***s at their feet, police said.
The majority of the crowd had dispersed by 11 p.m., but a small contingent remained in the street. Anaheim Boulevard was reopened with a heavy police presence.
Several fires broke out near the scene of the protest — one in a trash bin, another near a bus bench, according to aerial footage. It was not immediately clear how the fires started.
Demonstrators continued throwing rocks and bricks at police cars, and were taken into custody up until around 11:30PM.
The reason the demonstration swelled into the street was because City Hall was filled to capacity, so police in riot gear had closed off the entrance.
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