US attorney to review Anaheim police killings
The Associated Press | July 25, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Federal officials will review two deadly police shootings that sparked a fourth day of violent protests that left downtown business heaped with shattered glass and jails full of demonstrators.
Mayor Tom Tait said Wednesday that the U.S. attorney’s office has agreed to review the weekend killings and he will meet Friday with members of that office and the FBI.
“We will have a clear and complete understanding of these incidents” followed by a public dialogue on what actions should be taken, Tait said at a news conference.
The shootings and resulting demonstrations marred the image of the Orange County city, which is home to Disneyland and the Angels baseball team but also has neighborhoods teeming with gritty apartments.
On Tuesday night as many as 1,000 surged through downtown, smashing windows and vandalizing 20 businesses, setting trash fires, damaging City Hall and the police headquarters and hurling rocks and bottles at patrol cars and police in riot gear, authorities said.
The violence was finally quelled at around 2 a.m., some seven hours after it began, police said.
Twenty-four people, including four minors, were arrested on suspicion of crimes ranging from failure to disperse to assault with a deadly weapon, Police Chief John Welter said at a news conference.
Video showed knots of young men and women looting a T-shirt store.
Some 300 police from Anaheim and surrounding communities were called in and riot-clad officers used batons, pepper balls and beanbag rounds.
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