Deep fury over police shootings has boiled over near Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca., with days of protests, at times violent, with the police responding in combat gear and placing sharpshooters to guard their headquarters, reports the New York Times. The mayor says he has never seen such mistrust and anger in two decades in the city. The frustrations began last month when the police killed an unarmed man and then another man a day later.
A neighborhood five miles north of Disneyland quickly erupted. A community meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday. It is expected to draw about 1,000 residents. There have always been divides in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles, where Disneyland and professional hockey and baseball teams bring in millions of visitors each year. The money generated by the resort area makes up a third of the city's annual income. But in some neighborhoods, “there's really a lack of hope from people, and they turn to gangs and crime,” said Mayor Tom Tait, who has lived in the city since 1988. “We need people to go into the areas that lack hope and find ways to help.”