In a perfect world, a person can plan to attend the Anaheim Police protest event and make their voice heard about alleged police brutality. And they can expect to go home unharmed after they do it.
But this isn't a perfect world or protests wouldn't even be needed.
And thanks to protesters pressing in on the windows of the Anaheim, California City Council chambers this week--where two police shootings that occurred this past weekend were being questioned by the public--law enforcement was asked to force the spectators back from the windows.
This also led to someone tipping off the cops that one man in the crowd was packing heat, and the search for a gun prompted the man's immediate removal from the group.
And that sparked more outrage, according to USA Today, who reported that some protesters were throwing rocks at Anaheim's finest, even before it was learned that the removed demonstrator didn't have a gun on him.
By the end of the protests that spanned four days, 24 people were arrested altogether (20 adults, 4 minors) and several people sustained injuries.
Anaheim Police were outnumbered two to one during the hostile events and the city sustained business window damages, looting from one t-shirt store, as well as damage to one police car and the starting of numerous fires in the area.