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Activists protesting Police Commission's ruling in fatal shooting draw small crowd in Westlake neighborhood

March 15, 2011 |  6:42 pm

An hour into a protest near MacArthur Park objecting to Tuesday's Police Commission ruling, activists mostly from outside the neighborhood led a small crowd at 6th Street and Union Avenue.

They encouraged locals to hold up signs and chant along with them against what they called police brutality and racism. Many people in the area stopped to stare. Most just walked past.

"We're gonna have to do an Egypt on them, a Libya on them," said Bilal Ali, an organizer with Coalition L.A. "We need a new Police Commission."

Juan Quino stood quietly watching with a few friends. He hadn't heard about the commission's ruling, but remembers hearing the shots from his nearby apartment when 37-year-old Manuel Jamines, a Guatemalan native, was killed.

"I don't know many details, but I'm here to support them," Quino, also from Guatemala, said, pointing to the protesters surrounding a woman who was now yelling into a megaphone.

Earlier Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department's oversight body ruled that Officer Frank Hernandez, a 13-year veteran assigned to a bicycle unit in the LAPD’s Rampart Division, acted within department rules when he fatally shot a knife-wielding Jamines last year in an encounter that triggered days of unrest.

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-- Esmeralda Bermudez in the Westlake District

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