Activists plan another protest Saturday over the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer. They plan to march from where the man died to Los Angeles police headquarters starting at 10:00 a.m.
At the corner of Sixth Street and Union Avenue, where an LAPD officer shot and killed Manuel Jamines, Ian Thompson used strong language to describe what happened.
“I think most people see it as an execution," Thompson said.
Thompson’s with the anti-war group A.N.S.W.E.R. It’s helping to organize the protest.
As he spoke, Alberto Villa walked by. He said Jamines should not have been drunk and lunging at people with a knife, as police allege. He should have been a “good citizen” said Villa, who was born in Mexico and is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.
“To be a good citizen is not to be drunk on the sidewalks or the streets," Villa said.
But he also wondered whether police needed to kill Jamines, a 37-year-old father of three.
Juan Jose Gutierrez of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition said people are angry about more than just the Jamines shooting.
“Serious problems remain in the operations and conduct of LAPD officers especially in working class communities."
Gutierrez said the Jamines killing bothers him because the officer who shot him is being sued by another man who claims the same officer unlawfully shot him two years ago.