As Anaheim police Chief John Welter continues to deal with community unrest after two fatal officer-involved shootings, he is focused on maintaining peace and calm in a city best recognized for Disneyland and the Angels. Welter said the department will maintain a heavy presence on the streets to guard against further violence and will have officers from other cities on standby in the event that more manpower is needed. Aside from trying to prevent more violence from erupting in downtown, Welter is trying to find ways to reach out to the community and to improve police-community relations.
On Thursday, Welter explained how the shootings have affected the department and how he plans to restore trust.
ANAHEIM – Police investigating a burglary early Friday morning opened fire on a man suspected of driving his truck at an officer, but it was unknown if the man was struck by gunfire. The shooting happened about 3:15 a.m. when officers were responding to a burglary alarm at Colony Park, a master-planned condominium community at Melrose and Water streets, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
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Two residents of Anna Drive said the way police questioned them after the shooting death of Manuel Angel Diaz was disturbing. Margarita Flores, 41, who operates a neighborhood produce truck on Anna Drive, said officers tried to influence her responses as she was interviewed at the police headquarters in Anaheim.