LOS ANGELES — Dozens of people outraged over the fatal shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer by police took to the street Monday and protested outside a police station.
Officers in riot gear stood guard as demonstrators marched near MacArthur Park, a heavily Hispanic neighborhood west of downtown. They walked back and forth between the shooting scene and the Rampart police station, using bullhorns as they repeatedly shouted "assassin" in Spanish.
Police said three bicycle officers were patrolling the bustling shopping area Sunday when someone flagged them down and said a man was threatening passers-by with a knife.
When officers confronted the man, they ordered him to drop the knife but he refused, Lt. Andrew Neiman said.
"Instead, he came after the officers with a knife raised in the air, leading one of the officers to fire at the suspect," Neiman said.
Authorities have not released the man's name. However, friends identified him as Manuel Jamines, 37, a construction worker and father of three.
Protesters contend the man was not dangerous and say officers should have used a non-lethal weapon to subdue him.
"When you're trying to stop a suspect or stop a deadly action, the purpose is to stop the threat as quickly as possible," Neiman said.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Copyright 2010 Associated Press