Remember Diana Lopez? She is the president-elect of the OC Hispanic Bar Association who stated, at a Feb. 5 rally in front of Anaheim City Hall. that the departure of City Attorney Cristina Talley was “yet another example of that alienation of the Latino community, and that basically the City Council doesn’t care. Perhaps another riot would get their attention, [but] apparently that doesn’t work in this city.” [Emphasis added].
What you might not know is that Lopez is also the attorney representing the family of Manuel Diaz in their $50 million lawsuit against the City of Anaheim. Diaz was a gang member who was shot while fleeing police during a gang sweep who on that day was (allegedly) serving as lookout for his gang’s illegal gun sales. Lopez’s clients allege the city violated the civil rights of the young gang banger, and want the taxpayers to hand over $50 million. The shooting led to a series of events culminating in the July riots.
I only recently found out Lopez was representing the Diaz family’s litigation (although some Googling turns her up her name in the initial articles on the lawsuit). She wasn’t identified as such in the Voice of OC story that reported her infamous quote. The Voice of OC’s story about Mike Houston’s hiring as Anaheim’s interim City Attorney revolves around his gig as a campaign staffer gig for then-Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle some eighteen years ago. But when Lopez demagogues that it might take another riot for Latinos to “get the attention” of the city council, the Voice of OC doesn’t think it relevant to point out that Lopez is simultaneously suing the city into paying the Diaz family $50 million.
I don’t know — that seems more relevant than Lopez being an officer of the OC Hispanic Bar Association.
Is it normal for a plaintiff’s attorney to publicly suggest further rioting if the City of Anaheim doesn’t show it “cares about Latinos” by say, paying millions of dollars to the heirs of gang member Manuel Diaz?