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Everywhere is Anaheim

Posted 1 year ago on July 25, 2012, 5:23 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Anaheim kids give firsthand accounts of police brutality

Last Saturday in Anaheim, California, police on routine patrol killed an unarmed person of color (Manuel Diaz), shooting him in the back in broad daylight. As a crowd of concerned neighbors gathered at the site to demand justice, they in turn were attacked by heavily armed police, who were recorded on video firing rubber bullets and pepper balls at close range into the crowd, which included women and children. In the ensuing chaos, an unrestrained police dog charged the crowd, mauling two people. Although police claim this was an accident, neighborhood witnesses disagree. Witnesses further report that, even as the events were still unfolding, police offered to buy footage from people's cell phones, apparently to cover up the incident. Later that same night, Anaheim PD shot and killed another person under suspicious circumstances. This is at least the sixth "officer-involved" shooting in Anaheim this year alone.

These are not isolated incidents; police violence is pandemic across the nation, and indeed the world. For people of color, poor people, immigrants, LGBTQ people, drug users, and other marginalized communities: EVERYWHERE IS ANAHEIM.

Although statistics documenting the number of "officer-involved shootings" (doublespeak for killings and attempted killings committed by police) are nearly impossible to find (we looked), marginalized communities everywhere know they are commonplace. We have not forgotten Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Duanna Johnson, Rekia Boyd, or the countless other victims of police violence. As long as power is concentrated in the hands of an (overwhelmingly racist, sexist, classist, and homophobic) elite, we continue to see police violence used against those of us at the margins.

Terrorized communities are left to ask: who polices the police, and why are police able to deploy lethal and potentially lethal force against unarmed people in the first place? In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, where police were able to arrest a heavily armed suspected mass murderer without injury, why are police empowered to act as judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to people of color, poor people, immigrants, LGBTQ people, drug users, and other marginalized communities?

Enough is enough. Terrorized communities are standing up. Demonstrators, including members of Occupy Orange County and other regional Occupiers, have rallied outside the Anaheim Police Department headquarters and at Anaheim City Hall, in spite of the menacing presence of riot police throughout the city.

Manuel's parents have held vigils with hundreds of their primarily Latin@ neighbors and have pledged to file a lawsuit, saying their son was merely out with friends when he was murdered by the police – even as corporate media parrot phrases like "suspected gang member" (a label applied liberally by police to further profile, criminalize, and incarcerate people of color), and villify protesters by flashing images of property damage that pale in comparison to videos of police wantonly brutalizing civilians that instantly go viral online but are rarely shown on for-profit news outlets. Two officers have been placed on paid leave and the city has said they are conducting an independent review – but we know that justice rarely comes when the State is allowed to police itself.

We demand real justice and accountability; power must be restored to the people! From Anaheim to New York and beyond, the people must respond: No justice, no peace, disarm the police!

In Anaheim – even amidst escalating police violence – spontaneous demonstrations numbering in the thousands have continued to grow nearly every night since Manuel's murder. We encourage solidarity demonstrations everywhere else! See below for more info on actions:

In addition to spontaneous nightly demos, according to an event announced on Facebook event, weekly protests at the Anaheim police department are also being organized:

ANAHEIM PD IS CORRUPT: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
Sunday, July 29, 2012
12:00pm - 2pm Pacific Time
Every Sunday we gather at the Anaheim Police Department 12 noon -2pm to bring awareness to the community in Anaheim and the surrounding cities of Orange County. Anaheim Police Department has gotten away with their lies, brutality, excessive force, racial profiling, misconduct and MURDER for far too long. Their corruption and blatant disregard for our HUMAN/civil rights will NO LONGER BE TOLERATED!! Join us ... stand up and let them here your voice ... we want JUSTICE, CHANGE, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND TRANSPARENCY.

A solidarity demonstration is being organized for tomorrow in San Francisco. via Indybay:

SF Solidarity with Anaheim against Ongoing Police Repression
Thursday July 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Ferry Building in San Francisco

On Saturday, July 21, Anaheim police officers murdered 25-year-old Manuel Diaz by shooting him in the back & head as he ran from them. When Manuel’s friends, family & neighbors gathered to voice outrage over the murder, police responded with continued violence by shooting at the crowd, which included small children, with rubber bullets, beanbag projectiles, & by unleashing attack dogs.

Just a few days earlier, on Wednesday, July 18, San Francisco officers murdered 32-year-old Oakland resident Pralith Pralourng near the Embarcadero. According to eyewitnesses, Pralourng was shot twice in the chest while hand-cuffed.

The pigs have made their intentions clear: they will murder people so long as they feel they can get away with it. They count on us to stand idly by so that they can continue their reign of terror. It’s time to stand up in solidarity with the people of Anaheim & voice our shared outrage over continued & violent police repression. The people will NOT stand idly by when the state’s violent arm of the police makes it impossible for us to live without fear that they’ll simply shoot us whenever they want.

To our comrades in Anaheim: Do not be afraid to revolt. The state and its police will continue to demand our subordination with such grotesque executions. In times like these, when our enemies are backed into a corner, our acts of refusal are unmistakable.

Solidarity with Anaheim! Fuck the Police!

The following call to action has appeared on Facebook for a solidarity demo in Harlem on Friday.

Justice For Manuel Diaz - Solidarity FTP March In Harlem

When: Friday, July 27, 2012 | 8:00pm
Where: Corner of 99th and 3rd avenue 10029

This march will be in solidarity with those in Anaheim who were protesting the fatal police shooting on Saturday.

Cops shot non-lethal rounds toward men, women and children and unleashed a dog who charged toward a stroller during a clash with mostly Latino residents.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MST4RhWdlMQ
Article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/after-anaheim-shooting-and-melee-da-seeks-videos-photos.html

FTP marches are autonomous. There will be no one group giving directions or making rules. We will discuss and make decisions through consensus.

Bring banners, bandana's and protest shields if you like. We respect a persons decision to protest how they see fit but we ask you not to destroy any property that belongs to residents and the working class. Wear black.

To those who are interested in organizing, meet in the park at 7:30pm.

A crowd of women, mostly young Latina girls, confront a police officer in Anaheim while holding signs reading "Anaheim Police Racist"


editors' note: OccupyWallSt.org recognizes diverse tactics and autonomous action as foundational principles of the Occupy Movement. As always, we encourage nonviolent protest and discourage advocacy intended and likely to incite imminent lawless action, especially violence and civil disorder.

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[-] 3 points by PetadeAztlan (113) from Sacramento, CA 1 year ago

We should support the People of Anaheim as we can. I am in Sacramento. Anaheim is not everywhere, though we can feel for their grief and understand their anger. I am glad I do not live in Anaheim.

Their whole police department is without good disciplined leadership and off-the-hook. We need to work in our own local communities, as we continue to use Internet Power and connect up with others who seek true liberty and justice for all in the world..

With Liberty and Justice for All! Peter S. López AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan c/s/

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Obviously, this is an extreme & fatal example of police brutality/excessive force against unarmed citizens doing nothing wrong.

We are with you.

Solidarity, be strong.

Check out this example of courts finding excessive police force against peaceful OWS protesters in nyc.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/excessive-force-against-peaceful-demonstrations/

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

"It was an assault on a bunch of women and children, that's what it looked like to me," - Fullerton City Councilman Travis Kiger

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-23/news/sns-rt-us-usa-police-californiabre86n04u-20120723_1_anaheim-police-review-of-police-shootings-anaheim-officers

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20617) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Just an fyi -

CBS ran a brief spot on this issue this evening, July 25, 2012. In it the claim is made by the city that they were after a gang member, (Manuel Diaz), and he was shot while reaching for something.

HIs mother was seen in the spot disputing this claim.

She also called for an end to the violence.

Evidence of rioting was shown in the spot, including vandalized businesses.

I would caution that circumstances here have the inherent risk that the Occupy Movement will be branded as violent - as operating in collusion with gang members, and that anarchy itself, will be branded as lawlessness.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yes - I have already seen spin applied in some reports.

Be prepared to be accused of being responsible for all wrong doing in every instance of police abuse.

Thanks OWS for putting the note at the bottom of the post:

editors' note: OccupyWallSt.org recognizes diverse tactics and autonomous action as foundational principles of the Occupy Movement. As always, we encourage nonviolent protest and discourage advocacy intended and likely to incite imminent lawless action, especially violence and civil disorder.


Note also that this incident had nothing to do with an Occupy protest - the police shot an unarmed man twice in the back after a short chase - they have not said why they were after this individual - but it had nothing to do with any protest ongoing at the time and place of the shooting and the following assault on the people protesting this killing had nothing to do with Occupy either - occupy has given air to this story as they have given air to other stories of abuse - as this is what we are trying to change in our society - police abuse must end.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Obviously, this is an extreme & fatal example of police brutality/excessive force against unarmed citizens doing nothing wrong.

We are with you.

Solidarity, be strong.

Check out this example of courts finding excessive police force against peaceful OWS protesters in nyc.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/excessive-force-against-peaceful-demonstrations/

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[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

He's dead. Was unarmed. Shot in the back. Police attacked women and children with rubber bullets and dogs.

Police could easily be suggesting "he was a known gang member" & "he was reaching for what we thought was a weapon" to cover for their crime.

Wouldn't be the 1st time.

The witnesses, (Not known gang members) dispute the police cover story.

You should have more respect for the dead (murdered). In America we believe "innocent before proven Guilty"

[-] 1 points by fairforall (279) 1 year ago

I don't know who is guilty or innocent w/o a trial. but the concept of innocent until proven guilty should also apply to any officers. yes or no?

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Sure. Lets also recognize "the blue wall of silence". Police serve the people we must be extra watchful of possible collusion/dishonesty to protect "one of there own", We also have to remember the possibility for police to influence public opinion. We automatically believe what police say. Easy for them to say "I thought he had a gun" Done. no questions. Who can argue?. We must question these knee jerk excuses. As they immediately paint the dead young man as guilty before proven guilty. The possibilty of smearing him to minimize the outrage of a police shooting an unarmed young man is too great.

Most police are decent, hard working, salt of the earth, kinda people. But Amongst all groups are a percent that are dishonest, corrupt, even prejudiced. We (and the good police) must protect the people from that small percent.

Police have the most difficult job, protecting communities that are suspicious of them. It breeds distrust, and hatred on both sides. We must consider that as well.

We can maintain that the police (like all of us) are innocent until proven guilty, but we also mustn't assume that the dead young man was a gang member just because police have labelled him as such. That is why I say we should have more respect for the dead. He was innocent, since he hasn't been proven guilty.

No?

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[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Obviously, this is an extreme & fatal example of police brutality/excessive force against unarmed citizens doing nothing wrong.

We are with you.

Solidarity, be strong.

Check out this example of courts finding excessive police force against peaceful OWS protesters in nyc.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/excessive-force-against-peaceful-demonstrations/