LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles mayor is defending himself
against critics who allege he acted prematurely by saying police
acted appropriately in the killing of an armed Guatemalan

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday said he stood by remarks he
made a day earlier that he believed the officers were heroes and an
investigation would show they acted properly.

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James Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild,
says the mayor had prejudged the outcome of the investigation into
Sunday’s shooting of Manuel Jaminez. Police say Jaminez was
threatening people with a knife and ignored orders to drop the

“The guild is disgusted as a bar association that the mayor, who is
himself a lawyer, would see fit — before there has been any investigation at
all, not having been on the scene himself and with all sorts of mixed reports
on what may or may not have happened — to issue a statement proclaiming in
advance that when this investigation is finished, he is confident of what the
outcome will be, he’s confident that Mr. Frank Hernandez (the officer who shot
Jamines) will be called a hero,” Lafferty said.

Lafferty acknowledges some community members also have prejudged
the case by calling police Chief Charlie Beck a murderer. However,
Lafferty says officials should be held to a higher standard.
The mayor denies prejudging any investigation, and says he believes his comments are “irrelevant” to the investigation.

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Comments (11)
  1. wobbles says:

    Lawyers are the lowest form of filth in our society.They live and profit off the misery of everyone around them, and revel in it.

  2. ginny says:

    Oh my, be still my heart. The Mayor actually supported the police over his ‘people’…And the guy was an illegal. Are you sure you heard him right?

  3. GP says:

    There has been “no investigation at all”? C’mon Lafferty you, being a lawyer, should know better. The investigation started the moment the officers were on scene. The mayor is being supportive of his police officers which is something an honorable mayor would do in a situatuion like this.

  4. cez says:

    Damn lawyers…. the DRUNK man had a WEAPON and was trying to hurt people, Officer did nothing wrong..

  5. Buck says:

    Mayor is crap anyhow I live in the valley and the valley gets all leftover crap from la. Thank you mayor for nothing decent. Thank you mayor for your outright support of all the illegals swnsing our money yo their country. Thank you mayor for all the crap.

  6. Ernesto says:

    Bla bla bla! They always cover for the PIGS!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Ramon De La Deuce says:

      Your ignorant! When they Butt Rape You, You will call the Police! You Bitch!

  7. Sonny says:

    Mayor is not doing his job. Do home work first.

  8. Ramon De La Deuce says:

    If California enforced the law of illegal immigrants than this dirtbag Guatemalan knife slashing drunk piece of crap would have never caused this incident. The Officers did a GREAT Job taking him out and ridding the community of his on going violent unpredictable behavior! After all, He chose his ending by charging officers with a knife!

  9. cez says:

    Ernesto come on bro, so when u are in trouble who are you going to call a crack head… They have a hard job imagine those girls he was trying to hurt were family members of yours im sure you would think different…He is not covering the police officer its just comon sense man with a knife coming at a officer not a great idea, dont bring a knife to a gun fight..

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