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LAPD prepares for reaction to ruling on shooting of day laborer

March 15, 2011 | 10:20 am

The Los Angeles Police Department was preparing Tuesday for reaction to a ruling on whether the fatal shooting of an immigrant day laborer by an officer was justified.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck were scheduled to make the announcement about 12:30 p.m. after the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners makes its decision.

But the Police Department was already setting up media staging areas near the scene of the Sept. 5 confrontation at 6th Street and Union Avenue, in the heart of a densely populated Latino immigrant neighborhood.

Media parking and staging areas also were being set up at MacArthur Park and the Rampart station. The department issued a statement telling the media members where they could park and that they have rights to cover any demonstrations.

The commission will determine if Officer Frank Hernandez, who was assigned to a bicycle unit in the department's Rampart Division, was justified in his shooting of Manuel Jamines, a 37-year-old Guatemalan man.

Jamines, according to police, was armed with a knife, drunk and threatening passers-by. Hernandez, police said, ordered Jamines in Spanish and English to drop the weapon and fired at him when the man made a sudden movement toward the officers.

A knife was recovered at the scene, police said. Several eyewitnesses interviewed by investigators supported the officers' account of the incident, according to police.

Others, however, came forward to say they had not seen Jamines wielding a knife.

The shooting triggered several days of protests and clashes, some of it instigated by anti-police groups that worked to stoke anger among the area's residents.


Ruling due Tuesday in LAPD shooting that sparked protests, clashes

-- Joel Rubin