Protests in Anaheim following the shooting of an unarmed man on Saturday entered their fourth day with continued police violence and a number of arrests.
Last night (Tues) hundreds of demonstrators protested outside Anaheim City Hall in southern California, during a regular police meeting. They were there to urge council members to investigate a series of recent officer-involved shootings and reform the city's police force, which residents have accused of racial profiling.
After they were told to leave some protesters reportedly threw plastic chairs through the window of a Starbucks. Police in riot gear attended the scene, firing rubber bullets and bean bags at protesters, some at very close range.
People participating in the protest allegedly threw water bottles and rocks at police as they tried to disperse the crowds. Half a dozen shop fronts are also said to have been damaged.
Videos and images show people with bleeding wounds, and police in riot gear using heavy-handed tactics on just a few protesters, who appear to be largely peaceful. Eyewitnesses reported seeing innocent bystanders being arrested, including a man who had been doing grocery shopping and two teenage boys who were skateboarding nearby.
Although the protests in Anaheim have been associated by some with global protest movements seen during 2012, many have clarified that those demonstrating in Anaheim are local citizens protesting local problems relating to the police especially. Officials say there have been eight officer-involved shootings in the city this year.