RWG Calls for Ban on Racial Profiling, Police Accountability in Wake of Shooting

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In the aftermath of a shooting last weekend of an unarmed Latino man in Anaheim, Calif., Rights Working Group Deputy Director Jumana Musa spoke at length on Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story about the criminalization of communities of color, racial profiling and the lack of transparency and accountability of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

On Saturday, July 21, 25-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot in the leg after a police chase and then once injured, shot a second time in the head, according to press accounts of interviews with witness. Video captured by bystanders  immediately after the shooting shows police focused on onlookers while ignoring a gravely wounded Diaz, who later died.

During protests Tuesday neighborhood residents—some of whom threw rocks and bottles and damaged businesses--were fired at by police with bean bags and rubber bullets. During that incident a police dog attacked some residents. Among the injured were children and mothers who were trying to protect them.

Saturday’s shooting is reportedly one of a string of shootings of unarmed men in recent years in Orange County. After calls for a state and federal investigation of the shooting, the FBI has agreedto conduct a review.