A rash of officer-involved shootings has made news and drawn protest from residentsÂ for some time now in Anaheim, Calif., but the policeÂ shooting deaths of two men this weekend, both Latino, one unarmed, have pushed the reaction beyond Orange County.
The Latino advocacy group Presente.org has now become involved, launching a petitionÂ calling for a state investigation into how officers handled a protest Saturday after the first shooting.Â In an largely Latino neighborhood of Anaheim, parents and children were exposed to pepper spray and a police dog was released into the crowd, something policeÂ said was accidental.
Anaheim, home of Disneyland, is now more than 50 percent Latino, and several of the recent fatal police shootings have involved Latino men. While police have pointed to suspicious activity in one shooting this weekend, a stolen car in another, some residents are pushing for greater community oversight of the police. What one man told the Orange County RegisterÂ this afternoon: