Relatives of victims of deadly force police shootings and activists converged today at Anaheim City Hall to memorialize victims of police brutality, cast a critical eye on the "waistband reaching" justification cops use to legitimize shooting unarmed people, and call for justice.
Manuel Diaz was shot and killed while running away from Anaheim police. The police officer who shot him justified the deadly force police shooting on waistband reaching -- that is, the cop claimed that Mr. Diaz (who was fleeing) reached in his waistband for something -- and the cop felt that the something was a gun. No gun was recovered at the scene, but a cell phone and a narcotics pipe were. The district attorney declined to file criminal charges against the police officer in the case.
The district attorney also declined to file charges in another 2012 deadly force police shooting waistband reaching case, involving victim David Raya. David Raya, who was unarmed and fleeing when he was killed by a police officer by two shots to the back, allegedly was reaching in his waistband in a manner that the cop believed justified killing him.
Anaheim police engaged in another deadly force police shooting the very next day after shooting Manuel Diaz, which set off a wave of protests and additional police brutality in the form of bean bag shots and other brutal methods of crowd control.