Raul Quezada, Chief of Police
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2016
Released by: Sgt. Daron Wyatt, Contact: (714) 497-5633
Subject: Update to KKK Protest Violence
ANAHEIM, CA – Detectives from the Anaheim Police Department Homicide/Major Assaults Detail have been working around the clock to determine the facts surrounding the violence which erupted just after noon on Saturday at a planned walking protest by the KKK at Pearson Park. Detectives have completed dozens of interviews with witnesses, as well as parties who were arrested at the scene. In addition, Detectives have been poring over videos and still photographs of the incident, which were either provided to police personnel at the scene or have been posted on public internet sites. Those images offer clear evidence of the events as they unfolded. As a result, five of the 12 people who were originally arrested have been released as the images and statements corroborate witness statements that they were acting in self-defense. Even still, the case will be presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for review and it will make the final determination regarding whether criminal charges will be filed.
This regrettable incident was the result of approximately 10-20 individuals who came to the park with the intent of perpetrating violence. Of those arrested, only one is a resident of Anaheim. The remainder came from other cities and counties to insert themselves into the situation. Regardless of an individual or groups’ beliefs or ideologies, they are entitled to live without the fear of physical violence and have the right, under the law, to defend themselves when attacked. In response to questions regarding police presence at the park, APD personnel were dedicated to the event, and were present. Further, a plan was in place and included additional officers to respond as necessary. Those additional marked APD units were on scene within 1 minute and 36 seconds of the first report of violence, which occurred when counter protesters suddenly confronted members of the KKK as they arrived at the park. Within two minutes of the reports of violence, six marked units were on scene. Additional units continued arriving over the next few minutes. Officers rendered medical aid to those who were injured and arrested all but one of the suspects who were engaged in the majority of the violence.
“As stated previously, I implore everyone to respond with peace and dignity, regardless of where your support lies,” said Police Chief Raul Quezada. “We have a unique opportunity to bond together as OUR Anaheim community.”
Late this afternoon, the male juvenile who was released yesterday was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and he was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall. This arrest stems from additional video evidence of the juvenile’s actions and his involvement in the violence. The suspect shown in the photograph in the prior press release is still unidentified and is still being sought.
The YouTube video is titled: FULL FIGHT VIDEO: The KKK Gets Beat Up in Anaheim and may be viewed at
the following link: http://youtu.be/AylKVWon2wQ