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Activist groups calls on Attorney General to investigate Anaheim officer-involved shootings

Manuel Diaz shooting

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Alex, 18, lights a candle for his friend, Manuel Diaz. Diaz was shot and killed by Anaheim police on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Members of the Latino rights group Presente.org called on Attorney General Kamala Harris Monday to investigate the Anaheim Police Department after a rash of officer-involved shootings over the last week and a half.

Co-founder Roberto Lovato said the group gathered 18,000 signatures for the petition asking Harris to get involved. 

At the moment, the FBI and the US Attorney's Office have agreed to conduct independent reviews of the death of Manuel Diaz, who was shot and killed by an Anaheim officer July 21. Additionally, the city has hired the Office of Independent Review, a contractor that audits police departments, to review the case. The Orange County District Attorneys office, which conducts investigations of all officer-involved shootings, is also investigating the shooting for possible criminal charges. Lovato said there's enough anger in the community that the state should also get involved in the case to investigate not only Diaz's death, but past officer-involved shootings and the department's crowd control policiies. 

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