Living in Anaheim has become quite disturbing lately. On an average, we hear of helicopters flying overhead at least 2 nights a week.
On Tuesday night, 24 people were arrested during a protest of the two officer involved shootings that happened within the last week in Anaheim. Pepper balls, rocks and glass were flying during the protest as the Starbucks windows were smashed and trash cans set ablaze in the plaza near City Hall.
Protests were in response to two shootings, one of a suspected gang member, another of a man who officers pulled over in a stolen vehicle; both running away from the police.
A friend of mine; a stay at home mom of 3 girls under the age of 5, born and raised in Anaheim, lives approximately a block south of City Hall shared her story:
“I was home alone when it all started. About 5ish the rioters came in front of MY house! Anaheim Police Department had them all together but it was unsettling being home alone with two toddlers and an infant. I ended up calling an awesome mentor from church explaining I was scared and I couldn’t do any thing but pray. Neither she nor her husband could get to me in time so she stayed on the phone with me while I had the girls play in the bedroom away from the front windows.
I called my husband and asked when he’d be home from work. I also called my dad to see if he could come over until my husband got home. They ended up arriving at the same time (I didn’t even want to leave the house by myself with the girls). These people looked creepy. My dad helped me get the girls in the car while my husband packed a bag for us as we did not know how long we’d be gone. We went over to my parents (about 7 at this time). As much as I don’t want my 4 year old watching the news, we were all glued to the TV.
We came home about 11:30 to about 30 officers in full riot gear up the street from our house. Unfortunately my oldest daughter was VERY scared (I would be too the way the cops were dressed) and said, ‘No mommy we can’t go home our house isn’t safe.’ We explained to her that we are safe with all the policemen protecting us then we prayed and that seemed to settle her down. She said, ‘Silly me, I know God’s got this.’ (I honestly got a little teary eyed because she instantly turned brave when she realized God was in control- she has more faith than mommy!)
I ended up leaving their bedroom door open and running their a/c unit all night to help absorb the noise (10 helicopters overhead, sirens, loud speakers, etc.). Luckily by this time the majority of action was on the other side of City Hall (at the shopping center).”
My friend’s husband has been following the Twitter feeds since the events Tuesday night. Apparently protests are scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday night following a City Council meeting. Hopefully these will be peaceful protests.
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