jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011

Commission to release Westlake shooting info

WESTLAKE DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Officers say they shot and killed Guatemalan immigrant Manuel Jimenez when he threatened them and others with a knife. The shootings set off three days of demonstrations.

The shooting happened at 6th and Union and since that time there have been protests, and investigations. The results of one will soon be known. Tuesday members of an immigrant advocacy group sounded off about what they say the results should be.

Westlake is a district of many immigrant businesses, independent vendors and laborers looking for work.

On a typical day, it is hard to imagine the clash of seven months ago: Three nights of protests, 20 people arrested in scuffles with police.

Outrage was sparked when LAPD Officer Frank Hernandez shot and killed a Guatemalan immigrant, 37-year-old Manuel Jaminez Xum allegedly was drunk and lunged at officers with a knife after threatening a pregnant woman.

Yet that description is disputed by some community advocates and there are still some hard feelings against police.

Tuesday, members of the Southern California Immigration Coalition faced the Los Angeles Police Commission. The board will decide in closed session next week whether the shooting was justified. According to preliminary information, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says Jaminez Xum was armed

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