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20 businesses damaged in Anaheim police protests



ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Anaheim officials are vowing to crack down on violent protests after as many as 1,000 demonstrators surged through downtown, smashing windows and setting trash fires.

The mayor and police chief said Wednesday that a peaceful demonstration over two deadly police shootings devolved Tuesday night into groups of people who vandalized 20 downtown businesses, chiefly by smashing windows, damaged City Hall and police headquarters and hit patrol cars with rocks and bottles.

It was the fourth day of violence.

Hundreds of police in riot gear used batons, pepper balls and beanbag rounds. By 2 a.m. Wednesday, 24 people had been arrested. Five or six injuries were reported, including one police officer, none seriously.

The weekend police shootings have sparked a $50 million lawsuit and the City Council has called for a federal investigation.


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