On July 29 at noon, a protest gathered outside of the Anaheim Police Department (APD). Weekly protests against police violence have occurred there for quite some time, but this week hundreds of people from all around Southern California joined. This extra support comes mainly from outrage over the fatal shooting of unarmed man Manuel Diaz.
At the police department, protesters encountered dozens of officers on horseback and dozens more in military outfit, many of whom armed themselves with riot gear – such as tear gas canister launchers, guns equipped with non-lethal rounds, and pepper balls.
Protesters chanted in English and Spanish. “No Justice, No Peace. No Racist Police!” “¿Que Queremos? Justicio! ¿Cuando? Ahora!” (What Do We Want? Justice! When [Do We Want It]? Now!). Many held signs with the words, “Jail Killer Cops”, while others showed pictures of their friends and family who have been victimized by unjust police brutality. They also chalked the sidewalk and police parking lot with similar thoughts.
At least 300 protesters started a march down S. Harbor Blvd. towards Disneyland, but met much police resistance. Officers rode horses towards the crowd to get them out of the street. Nearing Disneyland, at Harbor and Ball, police cut off access to the theme park.
Protesters then moved to the only street available, where they faced more resistance, this time dozens of SWAT police. They then decided to march through the community back towards the police department, chanting, “El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!” (The People United Will Never Be Defeated). Civilians honked horns in support, while families joined in some of the chants from their homes.
Police arrested several protestors as they arrived back at the police department, without explaining why.
Protests at the APD are scheduled for every Sunday.
More pictures from the rally can be found here: Photos from Anaheim Protest and March Against Police Brutality.
Here is video from yesterday’s march: