California Unity March Against Police Brutality
|ANSWER volunteers making individual flags for
nearly 30 innocent people killed by the police in
One year ago today, Anaheim police murdered Manuel Diaz while he was surrendering and following police orders. He was shot in the head in front of his community. In response to the outrageous (and common) murder, community members began peaceful gathering outside their homes. The Anaheim police responded with extreme violence, unleashing attack dogs and shooting life-threatening munitions on babies, small children, elderly and everybody in range.
The video of the cowardly attack was quickly seen by millions worldwide, sparking emergency protests at the Anaheim Police Headquarters. The next day, the Anaheim police murdered Joel Acevedo, further stoking the anger in the community. In the following days, thousands of people rose up against the scourge of police violence. Historic protests shook Anaheim for days. Though ultimately the city heavily militarized the police to repress the movement with violence and intimidation, it brought the struggle against police brutality to a national stage and laid the foundations for future struggle.
The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, a vigilante who aspired to become a cop, by the racist court system is yet another tragic reminder of the importance of fighting back against the war on Black and Brown youth.
Today, on the one-year anniversary of the murder of Manuel Diaz, nearly 30 families of those murdered by police are leading a statewide march in Anaheim to demand justice for their loved ones and all victims of police violence.