20 businesses damaged in Anaheim police protests

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Demonstrators gather on the steps of Anaheim City Hall Tuesday, July 24, 2012, to protest the death of Manuel Diaz, 25, who died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a police pursuit by the Anaheim Police Department last Saturday. As many as 500 protesters and 250 police were involved in a fourth night of violence Tuesday. Seven hours of confrontations ended around 2 a.m. Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register,Stuart Palley ) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

Demonstrators gather on the steps of Anaheim City Hall Tuesday, July 24, 2012, to protest the death of Manuel Diaz, 25, who died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a police pursuit by the Anaheim Police Department last Saturday. As many as 500 protesters and 250 police were involved in a fourth night of violence Tuesday. Seven hours of confrontations ended around 2 a.m. Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register,Stuart Palley ) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim officials are vowing to crack down on violent protests after as many as 1,000 demonstrators surged through downtown, smashing windows and setting trash fires.

The mayor and police chief said Wednesday that a peaceful demonstration over two deadly police shootings devolved Tuesday night into groups of people who vandalized 20 downtown businesses, chiefly by smashing windows, damaged City Hall and police headquarters and hit patrol cars with rocks and bottles.

It was the fourth day of violence.

Hundreds of police in riot gear used batons, pepper balls and beanbag rounds. By 2 a.m. Wednesday, 24 people had been arrested. Five or six injuries were reported, including one police officer, none seriously.

The weekend police shootings have sparked a $50 million lawsuit and the City Council has called for a federal investigation.