LULAC Calls for FBI Investigation of Anaheim Shooting

The California Office of the League of United Latin American Citizens is calling for a federal inquiry into an officer involved shooting (OIS) in the City of Anaheim this past Friday, the sixth such occurrence this year.

LULAC California State Director Benny Diaz today requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiate an investigation into the weekend shooting death of Manuel Diaz (no relation). The action was taken in response to public outrage that resulted in protests in Anaheim last weekend.

“There appears to be great mistrust between residents and the police department” Diaz said.

“LULAC, a national civil rights organization, wants the FBI to determine whether Diaz’ civil rights were violated during Sunday’s shooting. In addition there are further questions regarding the possible use of excessive force by Anaheim Police as they sought to control the resultant commotion.”

Benny Diaz

Benny Diaz

In addition, Diaz called on the U.S Department of Justice Community Relations Service to facilitate a discussion between community leaders and Anaheim city officials regarding concern that the Anaheim Police Department was overbearing and acted out of police policy when officers shot bean bag less than lethal ammunition at close range and without provocation and released attack dogs on at least one woman and her child. A man was clearly bitten on his back. Afterward, authorities moved painstakingly slow to assist persons who were obviously traumatized by the events of that day.

Diaz urged Anaheim residents to be patient, and to curtail any planned protests and wait to see if a resolution can be reached. Mr. Diaz urged caution but also said he fully understood the emotions that had erupted among the citizenry. He called for non-violent means to address the difficulties.

  6 comments for “LULAC Calls for FBI Investigation of Anaheim Shooting

  1. Cynthia ward
    July 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mayor Tait has already asked for help from State Atty General and the Feds, Anaheim is not Fullerton, we are not sweeping this under the rug, we all want accountability.

    • July 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

      “We.” I’m getting the picture you’re very close to Tait, Cynthia. We should talk. Will you be at the protest this afternoon?

      • Cynthia ward
        July 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Oddly enough I campaigned for McCracken! I barely know Tait, but I have become impressed with the way he has conducted himself, especially standing up to the special interests. He seems to be under constant attack, simply because he turned out not to be for sale, so if I can support him in some way I will try. I am working on getting to Council, but it is likely to be a zoo.

        • July 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

          Well, if Council is a zoo, you will find me with the monkeys.

  2. D"nna
    July 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    While I understand the frustration of the community, as I live w/in this community, I’m disappointed in the way Latinos are behaving. So much attention is being placed on these 6 shootings and yet what about the murders caused by gun toting gang bangers? 2 murders & 1 shot in the leg due to gang bangers within a 6 month period in my neighborhood warrants no LULAC intervention? Easier to point fingers and not own up to the part people play in this vicious cycle of violence.

  3. Wolfman
    July 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    What about all the Mexican gang bangers ?

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