After three nights of protests, Los Angeles police and city officials are struggling to calm community anger over the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man by a police officer.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that officers involved in the shooting Sunday night were heroes who "acted with bravery."
He said it was "outrageous" that residents called Police Chief Charlie Beck a murderer during a tense community meeting Wednesday night where 300 people packed into a school. The school is a short distance from the site of the shooting.
The death of Manuel Jamines, 37, a Guatemalan-born man working as a day laborer, has triggered protests in a city where the police department has long struggled to gain trust in poor and immigrant communities, and where use of force by police has been a flashpoint for decades.
. . . Authorities have said three bicycle officers were flagged Sunday by people concerned about a man with a knife.
The officers approached the man and told him to put the knife down. Instead, Jamines lunged at Officer Frank Hernandez, said Capt. Kris Pitcher, who heads the police department's force investigation division.
Hernandez shot Jamines twice in the head. Several witnesses later told police Jamines had been drinking.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
More riots in L.A. after drunk with knife attacks cop and is shot
People have been throwing "eggs, rocks and bottles" at police officers and "setting trash fires", but we're not supposed to call it riots. That's because declaring L.A. a "sanctuary city", refusing to enforce immigration laws, and "struggling to gain trust in poor and immigrant communities" was supposed to guaranty their peaceful behavior. Of course, it hasn't worked out that way - - people who break one set of laws tend to break other sets of laws, too.