Note to Councilwoman Gail Eastman; it’s not all quiet in the hood. The following video demonstrates why the residents of the less affluent neighborhoods of Anaheim are so frustrated with the police and city leaders.
At 9 p.m. officers ordered protesters in Anaheim to disburse, declaring an unlawful assembly. Soon after, police started firing pepper-spray bullets at the feet of protectors, as well as bean-bag projectiles into the crowds. In response, some protesters began to vandalize public and private property including breaking out the windows of a near by Starbucks.
Over the weekend, violence broke out in an Anaheim neighborhood after the office involved shooting death of 25-year-old Manuel Angel Diaz of Santa Ana. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was quick to respond: “I’m asking for a full investigation,” Tait said at a Sunday news conference. “Transparency is essential. Whatever the truth is, we will own it.”
Voice of OC reporter Adam Elmahrek published this story about “generous” contracts provided to Anaheim city employees last month which promised the city’s general employees union with no layoffs, no outsourcing of city services, a stop to furloughs, and a lump sum payment of $2,200 to every employee who took furlough days as the city worked through…
This past week, the ACLU, representing Amin David, Jose Moreno (who is an ACSD Trustee) and Consuelo Garcia announced they were suing the city of Anaheim, claiming the current way the City Council is elected shuts out minority representation. They also point out four of the five councilmembers live in Anaheim hills, which contains only 1/6 of the city’s total population.