Anaheim mayor asks for state, federal help with police shooting investigations

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Protesters plan to march in Anaheim Tuesday over recent officer-involved shootings that killed two Latino men over the weekend.

A demonstration is scheduled at 4 p.m. Tuesday in front of Anaheim City Hall. The Anaheim City Council meets an hour later at 5 p.m. The public comment period is one of the first items on the agenda.

City residents have urged the City Council to conduct a formal investigation into Anaheim police officers’ use of force in the past.

Now, after officer-involved shootings killed two men last weekend, it appears that investigation may happen. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he wants an outside party to independently review the Saturday shooting. He is also asked for federal and state help.

“Like many residents, I am very, very concerned with what occurred in our city on Saturday night,” said Mayor Tait. “I am asking the state Attorney General’s Office and the federal U.S. Attorney’s Office for assistance with a full and independent investigation of the entire situation.”

The Orange County District Attorney's Office has counted six officer-involved shootings in Anaheim this year. Five of the victims died.

The Orange County DA’s office is investigating the weekend shootings.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter is conducting an internal investigation. Tait says Welter will report the findings to the city manager and the city council.

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