The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur spoke to journalists Tim Pool, Amber Lyon and Andrew Gumbel about the latest updates on the protests in Anaheim over the weekend, during which 9 more arrests were made as tensions between the police and local residents continues to rise.
July 31, 2012

The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur spoke to journalists Tim Pool, Amber Lyon and Andrew Gumbel about the latest updates on the protests in Anaheim over the weekend, during which 9 more arrests were made as tensions between the police and local residents continues to rise.

Here's more from Gumbel's reporting at The Guardian: Anaheim officials scramble to contain public anger as protests escalate:

Looting and vandalism mar demonstrations against spate of police shootings, exacerbating city's stark race divisions

Officials in Anaheim, the southern California home to Disneyland, are scrambling to contain public anger over a rash of police shootings of young Latino men and pleaded for calm following a fourth night of street demonstrations marred by vandalism and looting.

Members of a 1,000-strong crowd broke windows and set fire to garbage skips in downtown Anaheim on Tuesday night, leading to hours of clashes with police, who responded with pepper spray and rubber bullets and made at least 24 arrests. The demonstrators said they were expressing frustration at what is widely seen as indifference by the city's all-white leadership to the majority Latino population.

The immediate catalyst for the protests was the death of 25-year-old Manuel Diaz on Saturday afternoon. According to media reports, he was shot twice by police in a residential neighborhood – the first time in the leg and then, once he was on the ground, in the head. He was apparently unarmed.

The Anaheim police had already been the target of weekly protests by bereaved relatives of earlier shootings victims, who have accused them in court filings of operating "like a death squad" and taking aim more or less at random at anyone they suspected of belonging to a street gang. When a second man was shot dead on Sunday, public anger grew only stronger. Read on...

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