Published on 31 Jul 2012 by TheBigPictureRT
Amber Lyon, award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, joins Thom Hartmann. Something is happening in Anaheim, California – despite a complete blackout from the mainstreem media. Take a look at some of these pictures by award-winning investigative journalist Amber Lyons from Anaheim over the weekend. When we hear terms like militarized police – this is what comes to mind. Officers decked out in full military gear as though they’re about to be deployed to Afghanistan. So what’s behind this? Why are militarized police on patrol in Anaheim? Well – Sunday marked the ninth straight day that local citizens took to the streets to protest police brutality. Nine days after police shot an unarmed man – 25-year-old Manuel Diaz – in the back of the head killing him. Since that shooting…the streets of Anaheim have been the scene of mostly peaceful protests that have at times turned violent in response to heavy handed police crackdowns. Last week – this was the scene in Anaheim – as police in riot gear fired less lethal projectiles like bean bags and pepper balls indiscriminately into crowds of people. 24 people were arrested that night – storefront windows were smashed, and fires were started. And last night – as hundreds poured into the streets for a peaceful march and ceremony for Manuel Diaz – they were once again met with Anaheim police equipped with full military gear. Nine people were arrested on Sunday.