LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family of a Guatemalan day laborer who was shot and killed by Los Angeles Police Dept. officers in September.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports

Attorneys for Luis Carrillo and Dale Gallipo say they have eyewitness testimony that contradicts the LAPD’s version of the shooting of Manuel Jaminez Chum, whom police said was armed with a knife.

Carrillo and Gallipo say Chum did not pose a threat to officers or anyone at that time he was shot.

The LAPD’s official investigation into the shooting may take another six months to complete — and any potential trial may not take place until early 2012.

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Comments (5)
  1. GC1008 says:

    Sure, I guy with a knife isn’t a threat… The worst thing the city could do is settle with these people. Accounts sounded like LAPD did its job and protected a woman and themselves. If I guy is under the influence and being threatening with a knife the families should have to right to profit.

  2. Korso 818 says:

    Stupid of the immigrant to be pullin knifes out and threatening people while intoxicated in public in the middle of the work-week at about noon. Although Police Officers arent trained to aim at the head, they are supposed to fire at center mass however IN MY OPINION JUSTICE WAS SERVED!

  3. guest says:

    what happen to tasser guns,pepper spray shooting his leg…….

  4. FactReal says:

    What accounts are you talking about? Those held by the ones pulling their trigger? Sounds fair.

  5. citizen says:

    his illegal immigrant family is looking for a quick payout from the California taxpayers so that they can retire early……. American Dream?……..