Anaheim has seen two officer-involved shootings over the weekend and protests are continuing against police brutality in the city. Now Anonymous is getting involved.
A couple of days after officers with the Anaheim PD opened fire, killing two men within just two days, protests erupted in the area.
After the shooting of Manuel Cruz, residents on the streets, some sitting in lawn chairs, were subjected to pepper balls and bean bags, and a police canine was loosed on the crowd, attacking a woman, holding her child. Police officers even approached residents in an attempt to buy video footage from their cell phones, causing yet another scandal.
Just over a day later, yet another man was shot by Anaheim police officers. The latest victim is Joel Acevedo, an Anaheim resident and suspected car thief. Acevedo was shot while wearing handcuffs.
Anaheim has now seen four consecutive days of massive protests, with several more expected throughout the week.
Now members of the hacktivist collective, Anonymous is stepping in to help and have started "Operation Anaheim".
They want to address the mounting allegations of police brutality in Anaheim, California. In the above YouTube video and a bulletin circulating on the Internet on Wednesday, Anonymous is asking people to stand up and let their opposition to the ongoing police brutality be heard.
The message on the video begins, “We want to inform the citizens of the world that the United States is setting the flames of revolution."
“In Anaheim, police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous, are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States, to rise up in unison, and defeat this government which values no lives nor freedom.”
This isn't the first time that Anonymous has called for support in several causes, including other allegations of police brutality that have occurred across California.
The 2009 death of Oscar Grant at the hands of an officer with the Bay Area Rapid Transit police generated country-wide protests. The city’s attempts to seize service for cell phones users during a demonstration in remembrance of Grant last year spawned a separate campaign against law enforcement in the San Francisco area. Anonymous at that time launched #OpBART.
Now it's the turn of Anaheim, and Anonymous is asking that others join them to speak out against the Anaheim PD.
“Do it for the safety of your families, your homes and your future generations,” the group asks. “The fate of America is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace?”
“The choice is yours. Let beat the drums of war. Operation Anaheim, engaged.”
Meanwhile, Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said, "It concerns me that people would be coming to the city of Anaheim to protest something that they don’t have a vested interest in. We want to have a relationship with our community."
However, it seems the community doesn't want the type of relationship his officers are offering.