Anger over recent police shootings in Anaheim turned violent Tuesday as protesters clashed with police in the neighborhood surrounding City Hall.

The violence started between 7 and 8 p.m at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Broadway, with protesters throwing rocks and bottles at police.

A reporter witnessed one police officer being hit in the head with a bottle.

At one point protesters overwhelmed police and took control of the intersection amid chants of “Sí se puede,” Spanish for “Yes it’s possible.”

Police responded by forming a line, shooting pepper-spray pellets into the crowd and pushing it out of the intersection and into side streets.

The protests are in response to the police shooting death on July 21 of 25-year-old Manuel Diaz, who was apparently unarmed and fleeing on foot from officers.

Diaz, who was known in the neighborhood as “Stomper,” was chased into a neighborhood alley and shot in the buttocks, then the head, an unidentified girl who witnessed the killing from 20 ft. away told The Orange County Register.

Police officers shot another man to death on Sunday as the man, allegedly a gang member, fired at them, according to news reports.


Since you've made it this far,

You are obviously connected to your community and value good journalism. As an independent and local nonprofit, our news is accessible to all, regardless of what they can afford. Our newsroom centers on Orange County’s civic and cultural life, not ad-driven clickbait. Our reporters hold powerful interests accountable to protect your quality of life. But it’s not free to produce. It depends on donors like you.

Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.