Residents file legal claims against Anaheim after police shooting

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Protesters hold signs at Anaheim City Hall, protesting the officer-involved shooting of 25-year-old Manuel Diaz. Eight residents of Anaheim's Anna Drive neighborhood have filed claims against the city for actions immediately after the shooting of Diaz. The eight residents filed claims seeking $500,000 each for physical injuries, emotional trauma, violations of constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure and other damages.

The City of Anaheim is facing several legal claims following a police shooting and subsequent unrest in an Anaheim neighborhood.

The Orange County Register reports that Anaheim Police actions escalated tension and put bystanders in harm's way in the moments after officers shot and killed an unarmed man who had run from them, according to legal claims filed against the city.

The Register report said eight residents of Anna Drive filed claims, seeking $500,000 each for physical injuries, emotional trauma, violations of constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure and other damages. The claims were filed Friday and Tuesday, city officials said.

The city has 45 days to respond; if it denies the claims, the residents may file lawsuits, according to the Register's report.

"All claims will be seriously looked at," said Mayor Tom Tait, who had not seen the claims as of Tuesday, reported the Register. 

Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Bob Dunn told the paper he could not comment. Representatives from the city attorney's office did not respond to requests for comment from Register reporters.

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