Fatal Calif police shooting stirs distrust, unrest

July 24, 2012 - 5:44 AM
Anaheim Shooting Violent Clash

Lupe Diaz, right, sister of Manuel Diaz, gets a hug from Theresa Smith during a protest in front of the Anaheim Police Department, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. Manuel Diaz, an allegedly unarmed man, was shot by Anaheim Police on Saturday, The Orange County Register reports. Smith said her son was also killed by police two years ago. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of Anaheim is calling on state and federal agencies to help the city investigate the officer-involved shooting death of an unarmed man in a neighborhood a few miles from Disneyland.

Mayor Tom Tait issued a statement Monday calling on the state Attorney General's office and the U.S. Attorney's office to aid a full, independent investigation.

Over the weekend, police clashed with angry residents of the largely Hispanic, working-class neighborhood where 25-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot to death Saturday afternoon.

Tait says after Saturday's shooting, police used pepper balls to disperse a protest and a police dog was accidentally released into the crowd.

Tait says the police department also will conduct an internal investigation.