AirTalk for September 9, 2010

LAPD Westlake shooting: was deadly force necessary?

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A memorial is set up following the fatal shooting of Manuel Jaminez as officers from the Los Angeles Police Department patrol following clashes with protestors, on Sept. 7, 2010 in Los Angeles.

It’s the moment every cop dreads—but every cop has to be prepared to face. Police officers responded to a call last Sunday in Westlake that a man was wielding a knife and threatening passers-by. Manuel Jamines, 37, a Guatemala-born day laborer, allegedly refused the officers’ calls to drop the knife. He was then shot by Officer Frank Hernandez, a 13-year veteran. There were community protests over the shooting. Was Jamines really so much of a threat that deadly force was necessary? What kind of training can help assure that loss of life is minimized? And can the public understand how such a difficult decision is made?

Guests:

Shirley Jahad, KPCC reporter, she was at a community meeting last night with Charlie Beck about the shooting

David Klinger, author of Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force, and professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis


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