Anaheim police internal investigation into Diaz shooting underway

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A protester writes a message for the Orange County Police during a demonstration to show outrage for the several recent officer involved shootings on July 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

There are federal and county investigations underway into the recent Anaheim police shootings that killed two Latino men over the July 21st weekend.

The Anaheim Police Department has its own investigative process, but it does not have a citizens’ board to review police actions.

The department does have a major incident team: Specially-trained officers who conduct internal investigations into incidents, such as officer-involved shootings.

“And they look at these officer-involved shootings from the perspective of tactics, policies, procedures, training and equipment," said Sgt. Bob Dunn with the Anaheim police department.

Dunn said the reviews will start immediately and can take up to a year to complete.

“They’re looking at, if the same situation presents itself the next time officers go out there, is there something we can do better, is there a piece of equipment that could help mitigate this from occurring," said Dunn. "They examine whether the policies and procedures we have are sound, is the training we currently have sound, so that’s what they’re looking at, internally.”

Dunn said officer involved-shootings face a yearly audit by the Los Angeles-based Office of Independent Review.

“Our city attorney and city manager contract with the Office of Independent Review to review all of our officer-involved shootings as well as our internal affairs investigations and processes, he said.

The Office of Independent Review is the same organization recently hired by Anaheim to investigate the Manuel Diaz shooting.

The Orange County District Attorney is conducting a criminal investigation of the two most recent fatal police shootings in Anaheim.

A spokeswoman for the D.A. said the investigations are ongoing and there is no estimate when they’ll be completed.

The FBI is also investigating the Manuel Diaz shooting. He’s the unarmed man shot and killed by Anaheim police July 21. The next day, another man, Joel Acevedo, was also killed by Anaheim police.

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