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Latinos in California seeks council seat in ongoing tension with Anaheim police
Hispanic activists are pushing for at least one elected Latino represented in the Anaheim city council after tension with the police department.
August 10th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Latinos in California seeks council seat in ongoing tension with Anaheim police

By Natalie Brunell, Jaqueline Hurtado and Michael Martinez, CNN

Anaheim, California (CNN) - As tensions roil between Latinos and city officials over accusations of police brutality, Hispanic activists will press the Anaheim City Council for a way to have at least one elected Latino to represent them, leaders said Thursday.

Their pledge to continue their grass-roots campaign came after the City Council rejected Wednesday night a ballot measure that would have established voting districts, including at least one to represent Latino neighborhoods.

The measure, voted down 3-2 after more than three hours of passionate appeals by residents, would have ended how city council members are now elected at-large. Latino residents feel that under the current conditions they are not being represented adequately - especially in the wake of videotaped violent confrontations between police and Latino residents.

Last month videos captured protestors confronting Anaheim police and officers shooting rubber bullets at mostly Latino residents. One video also shows a police dog running at several people and biting a man in the arm.

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  1. pruggie

    I am not in California, so let Californians worry about that.

    August 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |