ANAHEIM, Calif. — Police have stepped up patrol in preparation for more protests after two deadly officer-involved shootings over the weekend, including the shooting of an unarmed man that sparked fiery clashes just a few miles up the road from Disneyland.
A Tuesday afternoon demonstration was planned in front of City Hall by residents who question what made officers resort to deadly force and crack down on demonstrators by firing pepper-spray projectiles and bean bag rounds.
An Anaheim officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed man dead in Anaheim, Calif. stirred anger for two nights over the weekend. Two officers have been placed on paid leave, and the local district attorney’s office is investigating.
The killings take the tally of officer-involved shootings to six so far this year, up from four a year before, said police Sgt. Bob Dunn. Five of the incidents this year have been fatal.
“It concerns me when we have any officer-involved shooting,” said Police Chief John Welter, adding that he believes an uptick in gang-related crime in the last eight to 10 months is driving the increase.