Anaheim has become a riot scene. Police windows broken. Cars running into people. Register reporter hit with a rock.— Voice of OC (@VoiceofOC) July 25, 2012
Local reporters, ACLU activists, Occupiers, and residents are lighting up Twitter late tonight with the latest from Anaheim Under Siege.
Twitchy told you yesterday about an eruption of community anger and violence after Anaheim, Calif., police reportedly killed two men in separate incidents.
The protests continued tonight amid chaos. And flaming dumpsters. And broken Starbucks windows. And Disney fireworks. Yes, Disney fireworks.
A protest over two fatal police officer-involved shootings was under way outside Anaheim City Hall Tuesday where the city council was scheduled to meet.
There were more than 100 protesters in front of City Hall before the Tuesday afternoon City Council meeting began. The meeting was delayed as a result. The meeting resumed by 6 p.m.
Anaheim Boulevard was closed in both directions at City Hall by the protest.
More than 100 police officers from Anaheim, Fullerton, Westminster, Brea, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Orange departments were on scene. Several arrests were reported.
There was a report that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an officer at Elm near Anaheim Blvd.
An Arco gas station on Broadway was closed because crowd was gathering there amid reports that protesters were filling bottles with gas. People have been pushed out of the area and officers surrounded the gas station.
Tuesday’s gathering marked the third straight day of demonstrations in Anaheim since the shooting of Manuel Diaz.
A few sane voices weighed in:
But looks like they are outnumbered:
Wannabe anarchists cheered from the Twitter sidelines:
Anaheim Twitter users, both for and against the riots, have dubbed the whole mess #ANACRIME:
The home of the “Happiest Place of Earth?” Not this week:
Update 2:55am Eastern/11:55pm Pacific: The stand-off continues into the late night and early morning.
Starbucks is sacred to many of the protest sympathizers. This was an #ANACRIME too far:
The wannabe anarchists on the Twitter sidelines responded again:
It’s going to be a long night.