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Witness Says Slain Day Laborer Was Unarmed

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Posted on Sep 10, 2010
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A memorial marks the spot at 6th Street and Union Avenue where Manuel Jamines was killed by an LAPD officer late Sunday afternoon.

The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers claim the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

The witness, Ana, fears giving her last name, or even showing her face, out of fear of police retribution.

Although it may not be out of the ordinary for the LAPD to use excessive force, the surge of resistance against officers in this largely immigrant neighborhood demonstrates a breaking point in long-standing tensions between the community and the police. —JCL

The Los Angeles Times:

A Westlake resident who said she witnessed the fatal shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer by a Los Angeles police officer said Thursday that she saw no knife in the man’s hands, contradicting the Police Department’s account.

“He had nothing in his hands,” said Ana, who did not give her last name and asked that her face be obscured in photos and on television because she feared being harassed by the police. “At the moment when the police were shooting, he had nothing.”

Ana said she was across the street Sunday afternoon when bicycle officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division approached 37-year-old Manuel Jamines, who police said was wielding a knife and threatening people in the crowded shopping district.

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By Carl, September 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Why does TD print these lies? An American is shot almost everyday by a policemen, and it is rarely national news. First, the two officers were Hispanic, so I guess they hate their own kind. Second, the other witnesses back the police version that he threatened them with a knife.

These type of lies are why “liberals” get a bad name. Pull this article ASAP.

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By FRTothus, September 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

Of course he was unarmed.  Of course the police lied.  That’s what happens in a Police State when the Gestapo has a monopoly on force and violence.  Kerryrose pegged this one:  A jury will find the murderers “not guilty”, and the powerful escape justice once again.  It is the United States that needs “regime change”.

“Although tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.”
(Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951))

“We live in a nation hated abroad and frightened at home. A place in which we can reasonably refer to the American Republic in the past tense. A country that has moved into a post-constitutional era, no longer a nation of laws but an autocracy run by law breakers, law evaders and law ignorers. A nation governed by a culture of impunity ... a culture in which corruption is no longer a form of deviance but the norm. We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now.”
(Sam Smith)

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By kerryrose, September 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Michael Moore pulled a media stunt in NYC to protest the shooting death by police of an African American man that was holding a wallet.  The police (all 17 of them) saw the gun in his hand and shot him dead. The stunt is actually the best way I can imagine of protesting these disgusting events.  Police know they won’t be held accountable- so shoot first, ask questions later.  A jury will find them not guilty and that’s it until the next time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeOaTpYl8mE

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