Anaheim will hold public meeting over police shootings Wednesday

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Joanne Sosa of "Take Back Anaheim" speaks to the Anaheim City Council.
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Two weeks after the officer-involved shootings of two Latino men in Anaheim, protests have sprouted across the city — at least one of which quickly devolved into looting, shouting and violence. On Tuesday, the Anaheim Police Department canceled National Night Out in the city due to safety concerns.

The Anaheim City Council has already requested help from state and federal sources, and is now planning to hold a special public meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting is at Anaheim High School’s Cook Auditorium, which seats nearly 1,300 people.

At the first City Council meeting, just two days after the shootings, protesters jammed into the lobby of Anaheim City Hall and spilled onto the streets outside.

The noise was so loud that the council postponed the rest of the meeting, including the consideration of a
November ballot measure to change the way Anaheim elects council members.

That issue is expected to be brought up at the Wednesday Anaheim High School meeting.

Latino community groups say the city’s at-large voting system doesn’t allow fair representation for Latinos or neighborhoods.

One group, Los Amigos of Orange County, along with the ACLU, is suing the city over its voting system. They want council districts.

The July officer-involved shootings have also focused attention on how the city allocates its resources.

Some community groups and city residents say Anaheim neglects some city neighborhoods while pouring too many dollars into the resort district, which includes Disneyland.

The city says public comments will be heard when the meeting starts, with speakers limited to three minutes each.

In addition, the city said comments can be submitted in writing prior to the community meeting at cityclerk@anaheim.net.

The city plans to live stream the meeting at www.anaheim.net.