Crowds gathered on the streets of Anaheim Sunday afternoon to protest an officer involved shooting earlier in the day. According to the Orange County Register, known gang member Manual Diaz attempted to run from police after officers approached a vehicle he was riding in citing “suspicious behavior.” Diaz fled the scene and officers gave chase on foot. He was subsequently shot and killed. Diaz was reportedly unarmed, though exact details have yet to be released.
A report from the LA Times indicates that as police were investigating the shooting incident a group of people began to encircle them. The crowd became unruly, had obstructed roadways, was throwing bottles and rocks at officers, and was, according to police, on the verge of rioting when APD officers on the scene began unloading rubber bullets on men, women, and children. A video of the chaotic incident shows a dog attacking a woman holding a child. According to the LA Times the dog, “somehow got free from an officer’s car and went at several people,” though other reports and witness statements indicate the canine unit was purposely unleashed into the crowd.
The APD has requested the assistance of the California Attorney General in investigations involving the shooting of Manual Diaz, as well as the incident that followed.
*Update: CBS Local Los Angeles reports four witness were approached by police, who offered to buy their cell phone videos.
Correction: This report has been updated to reflect that police officers were from the Anaheim Police Department, not LAPD.