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LAPD Chief Beck heckled by angry crowd at Westlake community meeting [Updated]

September 8, 2010 |  7:42 pm

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was heckled Wednesday night as he addressed an angry crowd that had gathered at a Westlake school for a community meeting in the aftermath of a deadly police shooting.

The crowd shouted: "Boo!" "Killers!" and "Assassins!" as Beck took the microphone at John H. Liechty Middle School.

"I hope we came here to have a discussion," Beck said. "Please, let's respect each other."

Beck had to step away from the microphone as the heckling continued.

[Updated at 7:49 p.m.: Beck returned to the microphone after a few minutes and promised that the LAPD would conduct a "fair investigation" of the shooting.]

The meeting was conducted in Spanish and English in the heavily immigrant neighborhood, where officials were hoping to ease tensions after two days of violent protest following the shooting Sunday afternoon of Manuel Jamines, 37.

The LAPD said Jamines, a Guatemalan immigrant 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 was fatally shot by one of the officers near 6th Street and Union Avenue.

Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes Westlake, also addressed the crowd.

"We're here trying to air our concerns in a peaceful manner," he said.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez in Westlake

Photo: A standing-room-only crowd gathers at John H. Liechty Middle School for a meeting about the recent officer-involved shooting of a man. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

More photos: Protesters clash with LAPD officers in Westlake