Anaheim officer in disputed shooting identified

Associated Press | October 10, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Court documents have revealed that the Anaheim police officer in one of two deadly shootings that have caused strife and spurred protests in the city is an amateur boxer with the nickname “Buckshot.”

A civil lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed 25-year-old man shot and killed outside an apartment complex in July was amended Tuesday to include the name of the officer, Nick Bennalack.

Bennalack is a five-year veteran and former rookie of the year in the department. The department had withheld the officer’s name, but Sgt. Bob Dunn confirmed for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times that it was Bennalack who shot Manuel Diaz on July 21.

The very next night, Anaheim police shot and killed another man, Joel Acevedo, setting off four days of violent protests that resulted in smashed shop windows, dozens of arrests, and vociferous calls for more Latino representation in the city’s leadership.

Police said Diaz, a reputed gang member with a criminal record, failed to heed orders and threw something as he fled police.

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1 Comment for “Anaheim officer in disputed shooting identified”

  1. lou

    I am ashamed of the police department for ther participation in torture. 7 hours of kneeling was needless and would cause permanent knee damage. Our administration is telling Arabs that protesting is democratic and they should follow suit of the Citizens of the United States. Well , obviously, after reading all the feedback from the ” free ” citizens of the United States, I would say that the freedome we and the Arabs are told about and their reality is too different things. The policing agencies of the United States are directly involved in beating , torturing and kil#i*gg the citizen’s of the United States, as well as racketeering ( running a private security business out of the policing agancies – According to the Grand Jury in the State of Washington, running any business out of the policing departments is considered racketeering ), and hiring ( criminal cops ) police that have been previously arrested and or sued for previously murdering someone while in custody. This problem goes further than isolated incidents of personal torture. Our policing departments are racketeering and criminal. Yet The United States ignors the cries of the citizens of the United States and continues to tell the world that protesting is democratic.

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