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(Scroll down for video) Police in California have found a way to suppress police brutality evidence by buying up video footage of events.
Witnesses to the police shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim, California, said that officials offered to buy the footage they captured on cell phones.
The circumstance of the shooting is currently under investigation.
A few hours after the police shooting of 24-year-old Manuel Diaz, who fled the police around 4:00 pm on Saturday, officials were shooting rubber bullets and unleashed an attack dog on a crowd of witnesses, most of them women and children, who confronted the police about the incident as they gathered evidence.
Diaz died in a hospital. The authorities have yet to comment on what might have caused one of the officers to open fire.
The incident has reverberated through the community, with demonstrations on Sunday, outside and briefly inside the headquarters of the Anaheim Police Department as Police Chief John Welter was preparing for a press conference, which was restricted to news media personnel.
The protesters chanted "No justice, no peace" and "cops, pigs, murderers" as officers stood there.
Now, the story has gained national attention. Anaheim Police said the crowd became unruly after witnessing the shooting, claiming that they came under fire at an intersection in the neighborhood, while others threw bottles and stones at agents.
However, a news media video posted on YouTube shows what appears to be the police storming a block filled with mostly women and children, many of them sitting on lawn chairs with no fire in sight.
In the YouTube video, the police are clearly seen firing rubber bullets into a crowd of terrified women and children. Soon after, a German shepherd enters into action, attacking a woman and her son, and then a man sitting next to them.
At least four people present during the fight had been offered money for their cell phone video footage of the incident.
The officer who shot Diaz has been restricted to desk duty.