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US protesters march over fatal police shootings, 9 arrested

Hundreds of protesters gathered to denounce recent fatal police shootings and call for peace, as police arrested at least nine people in separate marches.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA // Hundreds of protesters gathered to denounce recent fatal police shootings and call for peace, as police arrested at least nine people in separate marches.

About 200 protesters rallied in front of police headquarters in Anaheim, while a separate group of about 100 marched silently along a two-mile stretch of a main thoroughfare on Sunday.

It was the ninth consecutive day of protests against police. The demonstrations occurred hours before an evening memorial service for Manuel Diaz, a 25-year-old man who was shot dead July 21. Latino activists say they want federal officials to investigate the shooting.

Five shootings by officers this year have been fatal, and most have killed Latinos. Last month, Anaheim decided to look into hiring an independent investigator to review police shootings amid protests by relatives of those killed.

Chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!", the group in front of police headquarters started marching towards Disneyland on Sunday, but a police line stopped the group less than a kilometre away.

The blockade, which temporarily closed several traffic intersections, caused the demonstrators to head away from the resort.

"What's going on here in Orange County is symbolic of a problem with the system," said Eduardo Perez, 21, a student. "This wouldn't happen to white people. This is racism, simple as that."

The other group was dressed in white and remained silent as part of their call for peace.

At least nine people were arrested. Most face minor charges including failure to disperse and blocking traffic, but one woman is accused of attacking a clerk at a mini market.

She was held on suspicion of assault and battery, police said.