Anaheim: Are Police Using Plants to Incite Trouble with Protesters?
Anaheim's become the latest hot spot for police violence--for those who haven't been following, police recently shot two men, 25-year-old Manuel Diaz and 21-year-old Joel Acevedo, and protests sprang up--protests that have been greeted with ever-increasing police force, teargas, rubber bullets, and dogs.
Today, Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly reports that there's now evidence of a possible police agent provocateur, a woman spotted at first defending police and showing off what she claimed was a police badge tattoo, and then later caught shouting at police and throwing a water bottle. (Since throwing bottles was what originally led the police to sic dogs and shoot rubber bullets into a crowd of women and children, that's sort of important to note.)
Witnesses tell the Weekly she was parading in front of the police line outside of City Hall, saying "These are good cops. You don't know the hard work they do. They're getting rid of gangsters."
Afterward, though, onlookers claim she began throwing bottles later that night. Multiple people saw her, and there's apparently video of the same woman playing the part of anarchist.
No one at the scene knew who this woman was.
"Prior to our friend...exposing her as a cop in front of national cameras, she was inciting a group of Anaheim protesters by throwing a water bottle and chanting aggressive orders pretending to be a protester," someone wrote on Facebook. "Had others followed her lead, and had [members of Kelly's Army] not called her out and kept the peace, 20 cops in riot gear would have been unleashed on the crowd. She had her badge # tattooed on her wrist.. Not only is she a provocateur she has really shitty taste in tats."
According to Arellano, this wouldn't be the first time the police have used agents provocateurs. In 2006, they copped to doing just that during a protest.
There's video of the woman at their site, apparently playing both sides.