Geraldo Pineda was waiting for friends back in February when plain clothes Anaheim police officers approached, ready to make arrests. Pineda, 19, told his story to Fox News:
Then, a group of plain-clothes officers from the Anaheim Police Department’s anti-gang unit emerged from an unmarked van behind him, ready to arrest him, he says.
Pineda, 19, the only police shooting victim of Anaheim, Calif., who survived this year, then took off running. He ran almost a mile until he turned a corner, then police began shooting, firing at least three rounds, Pineda says.
“I’m running over a fence and they shot again and again…and it hit me in the stomach,” says Pineda, who is currently out on bail. “I told them, ‘Hey, I got shot. You hit me. I’m dying.’”
Pineda is the only person to survive an Anaheim police officer-involved shooting this year. Five people have been killed by Anaheim police. The two latest incidents, which left Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo dead, happened just a day apart from each other. Police shot and killed Acevedo a day after protesters took to the streets demanding answers for Diaz’s killing.
The incidents have sparked over a week of protests in southern California’s Latino community. A week after issuing a call to California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the incidents, outraged residents renewed their calls in more weekend protests which drew hundreds. Police turned out in riot gear for Sunday’s protest, and nine were arrested, the Los Angeles Times reported. The FBI has said it may look into the issue.