Anaheim plans open public meeting following recent officer-involved shootings

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Anaheim is inviting its residents to talk about issues affecting the city next week, including recent officer-involved shootings.

The city, in a news release, said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Anaheim City Council members plan to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at Anaheim High School’s Cook Auditorium. The auditorium has a listed capacity of 1,290.

Recent officer-involved shootings that killed two Anaheim men have sparked protests, a federal investigation and changes in the way the city allocates neighborhood resources.

One man, Manuel Diaz, was unarmed as he was shot as he ran from Anaheim police on July 21. He later died.

The next day, Joel Acevedo was shot and killed by police. He allegedly fired a gun at pursuing officers.

Anaheim Mayor Tait said last Friday the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office have agreed to conduct an independent review of the facts of the Diaz shooting. The city is also hiring an independent investigator.

"City leaders recognize that there is a need for additional community dialogue and discussion," states the news release. "Members of the Anaheim community are invited to come and present their thoughts, ideas and recommendations on ways to help improve the city and its relationship with its people, their neighborhoods and their government."

The city said public comments will be heard when the meeting starts, with speakers limited to three minutes.

In addition, the city said comments can be submitted in writing prior to the community meeting at cityclerk@anaheim.net. All written comments will be provided to the City Council and entered into the official record.

"The meeting is open to the public and Anaheim residents are encouraged to attend to participate in their city government," the news release says. The city plans to live stream the meeting at www.anaheim.net.

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