Controversial Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Retires

By Gabriel San Roman

At a ceremony held earlier today, Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter retired from the Anaheim Police Department. His career with the force dates back 30 years, to 1982, and saw him rise from the ranks to the top brass. More recently in 2010, he made an unsuccessful bid as a candidate for Orange County sheriff losing to Sandra Hutchens.

Craig Hunter
Craig Hunter

Hunter was still designated as Deputy Police Chief as he retired today, though Raul Quezada was appointed to that very same position more than two months ago in October. Very quietly around that time Hunter was on special assignment at the City Manager's office, a duty that he also no longer serves.

As Anaheim's long, hot summer roiled into massive protests, a 44-page leaked "Incident Action Report" listed Hunter as an 'Incident Commander' for the city's supposed 'hot zones' leading up to the much criticized militarized police presence on July 29 that gripped the city.

Prior to becoming Deputy Chief, Hunter was at the center of accusations by former Anaheim police officer and whistleblower Steve Nolan. A nine-year veteran at the time, including two years with the department's gang unit, Nolan broke the code of silence in 1995. He contended that he witnessed on numerous occasions the beating of Latino juvenile suspects.

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