Anaheim: A Tale of Two Cities

In July 2012, the home of Disneyland (Anaheim, California) became a war zone. Manuel Diaz, 25 years old Latino man, was shot in the back of the head as he was running from the police.
Dozens of residents in the community not only witnessed the entire scene but also filmed the whole aftermath on their cell phones. The police said that Diaz was reaching for a weapon in his waistband, but no gun or weapon was ever found.

Witnesses say that the police did little to help Diaz as he he laid dying. More residents started to gather at the scene outraged by the police action. The police, now with extra reinforcements, responded to what they say was becoming unruly crowd.

Only one local news channel caught the scene on camera. The footage would have a major impact on what would follow. Diaz’s mother was shot three times with bean bag rounds as she run to help her son. Several other people were also injured including a teenage boy.

The local news footage went viral. The video that would spark national attention and anger towards police brutality in Anaheim. But that was not all. Just 24 hours latter another young Latino man was shot and killed by the Anaheim Police. It was the 7th police shooting death in Anaheim in less than a year.

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  1. It’s a big country and everyone has choices about where to live. Those that can move do, as evident here in the demographic shift which took place in Anaheim. Those that cannot are trapped and are at the tender mercies of others who have sociopathic issues. For these individuals they have few choices. It takes a long time to make a move but it’s a goal anyone can attain if they make it the top priority.

  2. Isn’t it ironic? Gangs decided for themselves to create gang sign language and gang member identifiers, required clothing, using COLORS, TATTS, GRAFFITI, etc., to differentiate between the various gangs, and now that the Law Enforcement Officers and Authorities have been identifying Gang Members by their own creations… IT IS NOW CALLED RACIAL PROFILING?

    This fricken idiot latino was RUNNING from the POLICE? And the latinos are crying foul? This kind of thing happens in all communities NOT just flucking LATINO communities. IT is that other communities do not sit and cry FOUL and gimme, gimme, gimme LIKES these flucking morons do.

    What a bunch of phucking cry baby SOB’s these latinos are! If they do not like it here, they can always go back to Mexico or wherever it is that the cat drug them in from. GET OUT and GET OUT NOW.

  3. I do not condone police brutality or unjustified targeting (based on race). With that said, some of these people do themselves NO favors by carrying themselves like a gang member (bearing the typical baggy clothes/wife beaters, tattoos, shaved head, etc.). It seems like these kids (and adults) want the “street cred” of looking like a thug, but get butt-hurt when a cop questions them. It’s so stupid. You can be a Latino and carry yourself in such a way that will not bring forth negative attention. By the way, I am of Mexican descent, and I have family members who *gasp* do not dress like this. Lo and behold, they also do not draw attention to themselves. I am not saying that racial profiling and racism do not exist, but I am so tired of hearing and seeing teenagers who LOOK like a typical gang banger act outraged at the notion that they MAY be in a gang. Don’t like it? Don’t look and act like one! Stop loitering the streets, be productive, do something positive for your family and community, and go to school school.

  4. Was Manuel Diaz shot down for being brown? Yet another unarmed innocent young man butchered like an animal by the institutionally racist police force. Just because you look a certain way and dress in a certain manner in a socio-economically deprived area the police have the right to target you indiscriminately? I think not. I understand that police departments in these kind of areas have huge issues combating gang violence, but does that give the police the right to criminalize basic freedoms and unjustly target Latino and African- Americans in deprived areas? It certainly does not.

  5. Keep looking like a gangster, sounding like a gangster, quacking like a gangster, and you should be treated like a gangster.