Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has called on state and federal agencies to assist the city with the review of two officer-involved shootings that left two Latino men dead and the incidents that transpired after where officers openly fired rubber bullets in to a crowd that included children.
“Like many residents, I am very, very concerned with what occurred in our city on Saturday night,” Mayor Tait said in a statement. “I am asking the state Attorney General’s Office and the federal U.S. Attorney’s Office for assistance with a full and independent investigation of the entire situation.”
The announcement came Monday, the same day Presente.org launched an online petition urging the Mayor to ask the State Attorney for help investigating the shootings. “The actions of the Anaheim police department, including shooting at and releasing rabid K9 dogs on a crowd that included women and children, are cowardly and disgusting,” Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org said in a statement released Monday. “In the face of this threat to the people of Anaheim, Attorney General Kamala Harris has the responsibility to protect them by fully investigating both the recent incidents and the past unresolved officer-involved shootings.”
It’s not clear how extensive the investigation will be but it appears Mayor Tait agrees a thorough investigation is necessary.
“The purpose of government is to protect the community, but at the same time, it is also to protect the rights of the individual. We must do both, and we must do both well.”
“It is critical that the entire city, including our police department, has the trust of the public,” said the Mayor. “This investigation will be completely transparent and we will work with the community to make sure that they have confidence in the people who are sworn to protect and serve them.”
Protests are expected before Tuesday’s City Council which begins at 5 p.m.