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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Police and protesters clash in Anaheim as City Council meets

Anaheim police and protesters were clashing Tuesday evening outside City Hall as bottles were thrown and police chased people on the streets and sidewalks.

A chaotic scene was unfolding as officers clad in riot gear made one arrest, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

Sirens wailed as officers formed a skirmish line and police from Tustin and other jurisdictions poured into the city. The City Council was meeting in the wake of two deadly police shootings.

Joel Mathew Acevedo was shot and killed after he fired at an officer Sunday night. A day earlier, Manuel Angel Diaz was killed after running from police on Anaheim's east side.

Earlier Tuesday, protesters stormed up Anaheim City Hall steps and surrounded the council chambers to speak out about recent accusations of police brutality, the fourth day of such demonstrations.

More than 100 people came to protest, clutching signs that read, "Jail killer cops," and "No justice, no peace."

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