There is growing outrage over the police violence that took place in Anaheim, California yesterday.
Among other things police shot rubber bullets into an unarmed crowd and one released (or inadvertently let go of) an attack dog which attacked a mother and her child. And while the police violence against these citizens was shocking, unjustified, absurd, obscene and demented, what has been overshadowed by it all is the cause of the protest.
Earlier in the day, police had approached three black males; they fled, the police gave chase, and at least according to one eyewitness, one of the officers shot one of the men in the back and then in the head. He died hours later.
Crystal Ventura, a 17-year-old who lives in the neighborhood, said she saw the shooting from about 20 feet away. She said the man had his back to the officer. She said the man was shot in the buttocks area. The man then went down on his knees, and she said he was struck by another bullet in the head.
The protest arose as community members gathered, angry at the police in general and enraged over yet one more example of police gunning down one of their own.
Daisy Gonzalez, 16, identified her uncle as the man shot by police. She … said his name was Manuel Diaz. She said he likely ran away from officers when they approached him because of his past experience with law enforcement… “He never liked them because all they do is harass and arrest anyone,” Gonzalez said after lighting a candle for her uncle. She cursed at the police who were nearby and a police helicopter that hovered above…