Instead of acknowledging that there was plenty of guilt to go around and that all parties involved were to some extent responsible for something that clearly never should happened, unrest-happy demonstrators took to the streets of the city to protest this “injustice” before giving way to outright rioting. At least 300 people engaged in the violence, with participants throwing bricks through windows and vandalizing cars:
“Many of the protesters were young people who had seen the video on their social media feeds. Jocelyne Gutierrez, 21, and her friend Karla Zuniga, 20, decided to join the protest at around 9 p.m. Gutierrez said she saw herself in the boy in the video.
“It could have been me, my friend or someone from my family,” she said.
At around 11 p.m., police advanced toward the protesters, trying to get them to leave. About 24 people were arrested, police said. According to initial reports, they included 10 men, eight women, three male juveniles and three female juveniles. The detainees face misdemeanor counts of failing to disperse, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
Police reported several residence and vehicle windows broken and other acts of vandalism but had no estimate of damage.
The Anaheim Police Department was flooded with calls about the video.
“Calling and sending emails to APD voicing your displeasure will NOT impact the outcome,” the department posted on its Facebook page. “A decision whether or not to file charges rests with the District Attorney’s office and is based on facts and evidence.”
The department said in a separate statement that although officials could not “authenticate the validity of these videos” posted online because they were not recorded or shared by the department, “they do appear to depict portions of the incident in question.”
Sgt. Daron Wyatt, an Anaheim police spokesman, estimated that he had received more than 500 calls after the videos began circulating online. Because of the influx of calls and emails, he said, the department set up a separate phone line for the public: (714) 765-7990.
He cautioned that the videos do not show the entirety of the encounter, capturing only a “very small portion.”
Source: The Los Angeles Times