Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets for the second night in a row in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night to protest the police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.
Outraged Angelinos threw rocks, eggs and bottles at a police station, and 22 were arrested, but police said the busts were primarily for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly.
Officers responded to the demonstrators by firing at least two rounds of nonlethal foam projectiles, Officer Karen Rayner told The Associated Press.
The clash occurred after a late afternoon press conference where Police Chief Charlie Beck pleaded for calm and said the department would thoroughly investigate the Sunday shooting.
Beck also said only 40 seconds went by between the time the cops made contact with the victim, Manuel Jamines, and the moment when the police officer shot him twice.
On Sunday afternoon, bicycle police were alerted that Jamines, 37, was allegedly threatening pedestrians with a knife. When they arrived, cops ordered him to put drop the blade. When he refused, he was shot dead.
The shooting sparked demonstrations on Monday night near MacArthur Park, a busy neighborhood populated with many Central American immigrants. Angry protestors threw rocks and bottles at police, injuring three officers.
Beck said three cops involved in the shooting have been temporarily reassigned. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa advised residents not to resort to violence.
"We need to calm the waters," he said.
Neighbors and family said Jamines had a wife and three children in Guatemala. He came to the U.S. six years ago to find work as a laborer. They said Jamines was a friendly, hardworking man, who was drunk at the time of the shooting but not dangerous, and didn’t understand what the officers were saying.
"Killing a drunk isn’t right," said the victim’s cousin, Juan Jaminez.
A cook who knew Jamines, agreed. "The officer who did this should be subject to discipline.