Anaheim unrest: Amid third shooting incident, mayor to talk with feds about police shootings

Anaheim Residents Protest Police Shootings Over Weekend

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A protester marches through the streets of Anaheim to show outrage for the shooting death of Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, at Anaheim City Hall on July 24, 2012 in Anaheim.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait plans to talk with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office Friday about investigating recent police shootings. Meanwhile, Anaheim police opened fire on a burglary suspect Friday morning, days after officer-involved shootings killed two people and sparked violent protests.

It was unclear whether anyone was hurt in the confrontation.

"We have been in contact with the local hospitals. There is no indication that anyone has come in with a gunshot wound," Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

Two Latino men, Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, died last weekend after being shot by Anaheim police.

The shootings led to several violent protests. Demonstrations Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of 24 people.
Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said 20 of the 24 arrested were city residents. But, he said a substantial number of the protesters are not from the city.

The mother of Manuel Diaz, Genevieve Huizar, pleaded for people to stop the violent protests at a Wednesday news conference.

"Please, please stop the violence, it won't bring my son back," she said, as her attorney provided details about a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Anaheim and its police department.

"It's not about the money, it's about justice for my son," said Huizar.

There have been no violent demonstrations in the city since Tuesday. Another rally is planned for later Friday.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said the department is focused on maintaining safety and will increase efforts at reaching out to the community.

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