Hundreds protest against Anaheim police
Protesters demonstrate outside the Anaheim Police Department over a string of recent fatal police shootings, Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Anaheim, Calif. / AP/Orange County Register, Stuart Palley
(CBS/AP) In the ninth consecutive day of protests more than 200 people gathered outside Anaheim Police Department headquarters Sunday, to demonstrate against recent officer-involved shootings and to issue a call for community peace.
The Orange County Register reports a separate group of about 100 people silently marched along a two-mile stretch of a main thoroughfare.
Nine people were arrested in the mostly-peaceful demonstrations. Sgt. Bob Dunn says most of those arrested face minor charges including failure to disperse and blocking traffic.
This was in marked contrast to protests last weekend and Tuesday, when tensions were extremely high and dozens were arrested. Police shot crowds with bean bags and rubber bullets last Saturday and accidentally released a police dog on one man.
Sunday's demonstrations occurred just hours before an evening memorial service for Manuel Diaz, a 25-year-old man who was shot dead July 21.
The fatal shooting touched off days of violence, and preceded another police shooting the next day, when police shot to death Joel Acevedo, a suspected gang member they say fired at officers following a pursuit.
Last Tuesday, more than 20 businesses were damaged when protest turned to riot. Windows were broken at police headquarters and City Hall, and scores of protesters threw rocks and bottles at police cruisers.
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Sunday's protest began around noon outside Anaheim police headquarters.
KCAL correspondent Bobby Kaple reports police were ready for the crowds, noting, "They are in battle gear."
The police presence was heavy. Many were on horseback and there were tactical units on several key rooftops.
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