Demonstrators Rally Against Police Brutality in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Anaheim on Sunday to protest against police brutality and show their support for those who have had family members killed by police officers.
The protest began about 1 p.m. at City Hall. The group marched to police headquarters before returning to City Hall for a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m.
The rally was held in support of “people who are unarmed, people who are innocent, people who have received no justice from the system,” the Answer Coalition’s Mike Prysner said.
“Those police who killed those men [and] women are still walking on the streets, still carrying out their duties, never being held accountable for the crimes that they committed,” Prysner said.
Among the estimated 350 demonstrators were members of 30 families whose loved ones have been shot or killed by police.
The protest was held on the one-year anniversary of the death of Manuel Diaz, who was unarmed when he was shot by an Anaheim police officer.
The officer later said he believed Diaz had a weapon.
Diaz’s death was followed by a series of protests.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office conducted an investigation and found the shooting to have been justified.
“Last year was a true testament of our officer’s professionalism,” Sgt. Bob Dunn, of the Anaheim Police Department, said.
“There was a lot of people in their face, calling them all kinds of names, trying to antagonize them into some sort of violent action,” Dunn said.
“Today that didn’t seem to be the case, but we were prepared for that,” he said.
One person was arrested for alleged vandalism at police headquarters, authorities said.