Manuel Jamines Vigil Tonight in Westlake to (Once Again) Decry His Death by LAPD

Immigrants' rights advocates are still pissed off about the police shooting of Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines last summer.

Even after the L.A. Police Commission last month ruled that the fatal confrontation near downtown on September 5 was within department policy (Jamines was allegedly drunk and lunging at bystanders and cops with a knife), protesters will be out tonight for a vigil, they say.

The Southern California Immigration Coalition is organizing the 7 p.m. event, to take place at West Sixth Street and South Union Avenue, near where Jamines was gunned down.

The Jamines shooting was followed by three nights of sometimes raucous, bottle-and-rock throwing protests in the Westlake district.

So after last month's Police Commission announcement that the officer involved was in the right, the LAPD prepared for the worst. But a subsequent demonstration turned out to be a dud.

And now, a vigil on a possibly rainy night.

The event will also be held "in memory of the hundreds of immigrants that die each year coming to the U.S.," according to a statement from the coalition.

Demonstrators want a federal investigation into the shooting of Jamines, too.


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