Violent Protest Erupts Over Fatal Police Shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A protest over the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant turned violent when some demonstrators threw bottles at officers, set trash cans on fire and refused to disperse.

Television news footage showed people tossing the bottles and plastic crates at officers in riot gear late Monday near MacArthur Park, a neighborhood with a large Central American population west of downtown.

Police declared the protest an unlawful assembly around 10 p.m. and ordered the dozens of protesters to disperse. The majority of the crowd cleared out, but a small number lingered and caused trouble, police spokesman Gregory Baek said.

Police arrested and booked four people on suspicion of inciting a riot, which would be a misdemeanor, Officer Bruce Borihanh said. Three officers were bruised but did not require hospitalization and went back on duty, and the confrontation was over by about 2 a.m. Tuesday, he added.

The protest began in the afternoon with demonstrators marching back and forth between a bustling shopping area where the shooting occurred and the Rampart police station three blocks away.

Shooting Stokes Tension Among Officers, Public

Police said three bicycle officers were patrolling the area Sunday when someone flagged them down and said a man was threatening passers-by with a knife.

When officers confronted the man, they ordered him to drop the knife but he refused, Lt. Andrew Neiman said.

“Instead, he came after the officers with a knife raised in the air, leading one of the officers to fire at the suspect,” Neiman said.

Authorities have not released the man’s name. However, friends identified him as Manuel Jamines, 37, a construction worker and father of three.

Protesters contend the man was not dangerous and say officers should have used a non-lethal weapon to subdue him.

“When you’re trying to stop a suspect or stop a deadly action, the purpose is to stop the threat as quickly as possible,” Neiman said.

MacArthur Park was the site of a May 1, 2007, clash, where police officers pummeled immigration rights marchers and reporters with batons and shot rubber bullets into the crowd. Dozens of protesters and journalists were injured as officers cleared the park.

The embarrassing incident cost the city more than $13 million in lawsuit settlements. Police were retrained on crowd control, forming skirmish lines, using batons in a crowd and using extraction teams to identify and arrest violent demonstrators.

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  1. Robert Garcia says:

    Yeah right, throw in the May 1 incident again to try and get viewers. THis is bias, unbalanced and irresponsible reporting. WHy aren’t you showing over and over the protesters assaulting the officers? Blogs are posting all over the city this is why we need immigration reform. THese illegal immigrants consistently break our laws and your station doesn’t report that. The LA Times researched and concluded a study that shows the overwhelming majority of residents in Los ANgeles support our police officers. Its too bad this station refuses to air the positive good stories of our officers. YOu should read other news blogs to see what the people of LA think of these protesters

    1. Mike Perez (Krazeboy) says:

      Robert you need to go back to where ever hole you came out of. LAPD is out of control they need to get Rid of them. they shoot, beat people with their batons and flashlights. they are corrupt.

      1. STEVE says:

        WHY DONT YOUR PEOPLE BEHAVE LIKE HUMANS

  2. Who Cares says:

    MacArthur Park was the site of a May 1, 2007, clash, where police officers pummeled immigration rights marchers…..F this reporter “pummeled” Geez, just do what you are told and you won’t get “pummeled”.

  3. True Lies says:

    CBS , NBC, ABC, PBS, MSNBC- they are all the same- stooges for the far left progressive Marxist, socialist agenda! Telling any side LIKE THE TRUTH is against their Obumbler principles! They want to destroy our system with illegals and their fellow travelers!

  4. Pedro says:

    How about telling the truth media!! If a guy comes at you with a knife, which would you rather have, something of equal force or a microphone???!!! The answer is obvious!!!!

  5. wobbles says:

    What would the police in Guatemala have doen if he came at them with a knife? He’d be just as dead. No cop should have an obligation to face a deadly weapon with a no-deadly weapon. It’s not their job to get hurt to not hurt a criminal, which is what this guy was.

  6. M. Vazquez says:

    I too saw, inciters throwing objects at police. Then these same people are the first cowards to run away. What a bad name these people give the rest of us who on the majority respect and follow the laws of this country. A few people make us all look like trash, no wonder we are looked down upon. I was not born here but have lived here all my life and have raised my children here. I have incited to them that we must respect this country… it shelters us and feeds us and we must also give back to it and not abuse it. It is most unfortunate that for the law breaking and the abuse of the system, that we must all have to pay the consequences!!! Please respect our “home”… if anyone does not like it here or like the laws… LEAVE!!!

  7. GC1008 says:

    First, Mr. Vazquez, thank your for your remarks. It is sad when respectful, hardworking immigrants such as yourself and your family get thrown in a bunch with illegal immigrants and law breakers. Officers out on the street have a right to defend themselves and the public with lethal force when faced with lethal force. And I, too, am sorry to see the press and some of the public blame the police for the deaths of individuals who wouldn’t be dead if they’d just put down the knife or gun, or never picked it up at all. LAPD… you all be safe.

  8. STEVE says:

    IM SORRY I CANT HOLD THIS IN IM MEXICAN,BUT WHAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS WHEN THEY SAY PUT THE KNIFE DOWN. PUT THE FRIGGIN KNIFE DOWN
    IF THESE PEOPLE BLACK WHITE BROWN YELLOW JUST DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD NO ONE GETS HURT WHY IS SO DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND???

  9. Abraham says:

    IF THEY THOUGHT THAT HE WAS GONNA GO AFTER SOMEBODY WHY DIDNT THEY AT LEAST SHOT HIM ON THE LEG!!!! WHAT THEY DID IS NOT RIGHT!

  10. Pete Malloy says:

    I love when niave people throw in the Movie style tactics of “shoot em in the leg”. These are the same people who have NEVER tried to shoot a moving target. You aim for a thin limb, miss and hit a kid in the background and then watch the protests explode.

    I think we should employ all TV cop tactics. Every cop on the job will have fired his gun, rammed a car, jumped a bridge and would never have to write a report to document the incident. . .

  11. Alan Keyes says:

    Pete, the LAPD are TV cops. They have crazy egos and are hyper-aggressive towards the citizens who pay for their employ. I’ve lived on the East coast and the West coast. LAPD is the only PD I don’t trust. They bully anyone who questions their actions, and lie to cover for each other’s infractions after the fact.
    Did he forget to charge his tazer? Two cops with tazers couldn’t handle a triple-dad with a knife? ‘Peace’ Officers.

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