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Protesters were marching through the streets of Anaheim on Tuesday evening after clashing with police outside City Hall as officials discussed two deadly police shootings that have rocked the city.
The marchers, including one wielding a stick and another who may have a rock in his hand, were moving south along Anaheim Boulevard toward Disneyland, according to live footage on CBS Channel 2.
Earlier, chaos broke out as bottles were thrown and police chased people on the streets and sidewalks near City Hall. Anaheim Boulevard between Broadway and Lincoln Avenue was closed off, and people shouted obscenities and threw objects such as orange traffic cones at police.
Sirens wailed as officers formed a skirmish line along Anaheim Boulevard. Officers from Tustin, Brea and Orange responded to a request for aid from the Anaheim Police Department. At least one person was arrested, police said.
The violence broke out as city officials met to discuss the slaying of Joel Mathew Acevedo, who was shot after he fired at an officer Sunday night. A day earlier, Manuel Angel Diaz was killed after running from police on Anaheim's east side.
Hundreds protest over Calif. police shootings
AMY TAXIN, Associated Press, GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
Updated 08:11 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim city officials have agreed to ask the U.S. attorney's office to investigate recent police shootings.
Greetings City of Anaheim - Greetings Citizens of the United States of America - Greetings People of the World: We are Anonymous --
In Anaheim, California police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous - are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States of America and the world to rise up in unison and defeat a government which does not value its citizens lives nor their freedoms.
The safety of your families, your homes, and your future generations is in danger. The fate of the USA is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace? The choice is yours.
To the police force in Anaheim, CA - we have witnessed your brutality and aggressive methods at stifling freedom of speech. We know about how you executed an unarmed man, shooting him in the back of the head while he was on his knees. We have witnessed you putting innocent women and children in danger, these actions are unforgivable.
From the killing of an unarmed man, to the brutality you have instituted upon the peaceful protesters and journalists; you now have the full attention of Anonymous. We will attack and deface your web sites, raid your data, blow up your phone lines with black faxes, bomb your E-Mail inboxes, dox your officers - and destroy anything else of yours on the internet we can find. We will also E-Mail this press release and attached video to no less than 10 million people in at least 50 countries around the world asking them to boycott Anaheim, California until all these brutal police are arrested, tried - and convicted of their various crimes against the people.
To the citizens of the world, we call upon you to show solidarity with the oppressed citizens of Anaheim, California - USA. Do NOT travel there or spend your tourist dollars in Anaheim, CA. Send copies of this press release to everyone in your address book. And join us online at irc.anonops.com #OpAnaheim and help us defeat this evil and illegitimate police force.
To the citizens of Anaheim, we are with you. Stand up to the police and do not accept their brutality any longer.
Keep taking to the streets. Anonymous will do everything in our power to help and protect you, the innocent from being brutalised under the repressive Anaheim police force.
Operation Anaheim, engaged.
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
In response to both the killing an unarmed young man this past weekend and subsequent police brutality against protesters, hundreds of demonstrators converged in from of Anaheim City Hall yesterday, and cops once again responded violently, blanketing residents and reporters with a barrage of pepper balls and bean bag rounds as unrest in the city continues to grow.