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Anaheim to be sued over alleged police brutality during shooting protests

Friday, August 31, 2012
Authorities swarmed the area where protesters demonstrated in Anaheim on Sunday, July 29, 2012, over the fatal police shootings of two men.

Authorities swarmed the area where protesters demonstrated in Anaheim on Sunday, July 29, 2012, over the fatal police shootings of two men. (KABC Photo)

Two men who claim they were brutalized while protesting recent police shootings in Anaheim plan to sue the city.

Their attorneys will file claims with the city of Anaheim on Friday and then hold a news conference at City Hall. One of the men claims he was injured as police responded to protests over two fatal officer-involved shootings.

At least one of the protests outside City Hall in July turned violent, with people starting fires and smashing windows before police moved in to break it up.

Protesters signed a petition asking State Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an investigation into the shootings. According to a spokesperson, Harris will wait for the Orange County District Attorney's Office to conclude its investigation before deciding if her office will look into the shootings.

Manuel Diaz, the first man to be fatally shot by police, was shot and killed by police on July 21. Officers said Diaz failed to heed orders, threw something as he fled police, and then was killed when he reached toward his waistband. Police say Diaz was a documented gang member from Santa Ana with a criminal record. It was later confirmed that Diaz was not armed.

Police also shot and killed Joel Acevedo, a documented gang member from Anaheim, according to police. Officials say Acevedo shot at officers at the end of a pursuit July 22 in a stolen SUV.

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