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Westlake residents continue to gather at site of deadly LAPD shooting

September 9, 2010 |  4:58 pm

Westlake residents Thursday afternoon continued to flock to the site where a Guatemalan immigrant was fatally shot after Los Angeles police officers said he threatened them and people around him with a knife.

About two dozen people stood near a makeshift memorial of flowers and signs, which was book-ended by U.S. and Guatemalan flags. Manuel Jamines Memorial

The heavily immigrant neighborhood has been the scene of three nights of violent clashes between protesters and Los Angeles Police Department officers following the shooting Sunday afternoon of Manuel Jamines on a sidewalk near 6th Street and Union Avenue.

Residents such as Jaime Galvan, 18, said that police routinely mistreat people in the area and harass street vendors. 

When told that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had praised the LAPD officers involved in the shooting for acting heroically, Galvan said the mayor was out of touch with the community.

"He doesn't live here," Galvan said. "He doesn't understand."

The LAPD said Jamines, who worked as a day laborer, threatened passersby and three police officers with a knife and refused repeated commands in Spanish and English to drop the weapon. He died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, according to the coroner.

A witness named Ana told reporters at a news conference Thursday that Jamines was unarmed. Another man who said he witnessed the shooting, Julio Martinez, 57, told The Times on Monday that he also saw no weapon in Jamines' hand.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Memorial at the shooting site Thursday. Credit: Robert J. Lopez/Los Angeles Times.