Activists in Orange County on Monday presented a petition with about 17,000 signatures urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to order an investigation into the recent shooting deaths of two Hispanics at the hands of the police.
The organization Presente.org delivered the signatures to Harris, asking her to launch a full investigation of recent violent acts involving the Anaheim Police Department.
"We want to see a thorough investigation into the Anaheim police and its actions in the last couple of years," Presente.org's Ana Perez said in a press conference outside the Los Angeles bureau of the state AG's office.
"In 2012 alone, there have been eight officer-involved shootings in Anaheim," the organization said, noting that when residents protested the most recent incident, police "fired rubber bullets and unleashed a dog on a crowd that included children."
On July 21, Manuel Diaz, 25, died from two gunshots fired by an Anaheim police officer. Diaz was apparently unarmed at the time.
The next day, in another confrontation, another officer shot and killed Joel Mathew Acevedo, a 21-year-old suspected gang member who had fired at police first.
The two deaths in recent days have sparked a series of protests and confrontations with police that ended with dozens of arrests and damage to more than 20 businesses in Anaheim.
The Diaz family has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city and the police.
The Anaheim City Council has requested an investigation of the Diaz case by the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI said it will launch its own probe. EFE