Protesters Await Decision in Deadly Police Shootings

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) – Protesters against Anaheim police, whose officers have shot several Hispanic men in recent months, gathered at the Orange County Courthouse Tuesday.

The peaceful protest was held nine months after police shot and killed 25-year-old Manuel Diaz, who ran from police, but was later found to be unarmed.

The next day, Anaheim police shot and killed Joel Acevedo after he allegedly shot at officers.

Violent protests followed the shootings in July, with at least 20 Anaheim businesses damaged and 24 people arrested.

Officers involved in both shootings were placed on paid leave.

The families of the men killed are still waiting for decisions from the district attorney and hoping for charges against the officers.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office told KTLA it will not provide a spokesperson on the investigations into the officer-involved shootings, but did issue an email statement, which says in part:

“These investigations are necessarily lengthy due to the voluminous evidence to be examined, witnesses to be interviewed, and legal analysis to be conducted.  The OCDA understands the importance of transparency in these cases, and the facts will come out for all to see upon completion of the investigation.”

Families of the 2 men shot by Anaheim police say rumors are that city officials have been tipped-off that a report is coming out soon on the shootings.

-Jim Nash reporting.

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