ANAHEIM – A community enraged over another officer-involved shooting will protest at noon today in front of Anaheim police headquarters.
Citizens await information from police on why a man was chased down an alley and shot by officers Saturday afternoon. The man, identified by family members as Manuel Diaz, died at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“(The Anaheim police) are not judge, jury and executioner. Nobody is given their due process,” said local community organizer Theresa Smith.
The heated tension between the community and officer was seen late Saturday night as people lit a rolling trash container on fire three times, blocked traffic and threw rocks at police. Officers fired rubber bullets and pepper spray to break up the crowd.
“It just seems like everything has gotten out of hand,” Smith said.
On Sunday, city leaders appealed to the community for calm while they continue to look into what happened.
“I want community members to know that not only are we concerned about what happened but we are friends of the community,” said Councilwoman Lorri Galloway. “And as such, we will do everything we can to find the truth about what truly happened out there.”
About 4 p.m. Saturday, two patrol officers driving down an alley in the 600 block of North Anna Drive saw three men standing near a vehicle. The three men ran away when the officers approached, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.
“At that time the officer-involved shooting occurred,” he said.