Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is calling for outside intervention following an outbreak of protests and public distrust in city officials and local police after two fatal police shootings over the weekend. Vikki Vargas reports from Anaheim City Hall for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 23, 2012.
One of the men arrested in a weekend protest of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim is being held in custody in connection with a gang-related homicide in the city in May, police said on Monday.
Gabriel Calderon, 20, of Brea was booked into jail on Saturday on charges of murder, street terrorism and drinking in public, Anaheim police said.
Calderon, who police say is a documented gang member, was wanted in connection with a gang-related shooting on Mayfair Avenue in May.
Details about that case were not immediately available.
The Anaheim Police Department was stepping up its patrols Monday in advance of a protest set for the following day against two fatal officer-involved shootings over the weekend, which was dotted with demonstrations.
Calderon and four others were arrested when tensions rose among a crowd of up to 100 people protesting the police shooting of Manuel Angel Diaz, police said.
The protest grew as police arrived to secure a perimeter around the shooting scene. Rocks and bottles were thrown and a large trash bin was burned. Police fired beanbag rounds and pepper spray to try quell the turmoil, police said. At least six people were injured by rubber bullet rounds, police said.
At least one man was injured when a police dog got out of an unsecured squad car, ran into the crowd and bit him.
As officers tried to detain a man who they suspected was inciting violence, the crowd became unruly and began closing in around the officers, police said.
The protest was sparked by the shooting of Diaz after a foot chase on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the 700 block of North Anna Drive, a neighborhood police say they’ve seen a spike in gang and narcotics-related crime.
It was the first of two officer-involved shootings over the weekend as police expressed growing fears of escalating violence in the city. In the second case, an Anaheim gang officer shot and killed a man on Sunday before midnight who police said opened fire on them during a foot chase near West Guinida Lane and Iris Street.
Sunday’s incident was Anaheim’s eighth fatal officer-involved shooting so far this year, Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn told the Orange County Register.
In a press conference on Sunday after the first police shooting, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait vowed a full and transparent investigation and called for the California Attorney General’s Office to assist in the case.