Los Angeles police on Friday announced that television news vans would not be allowed to park on West Sixth Street near South Union Avenue -- an area where clashes between protesters and police erupted following the shooting there of a man who allegedly had a knife.
Police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera told LA Weekly the restrictions for Friday and Saturday were implemented to quell the crowds that have congregated around the half-dozen or so news vans that lined up along Sixth Street to facilitate live reports from the scene for 10 and 11 p.m. broadcasts.
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The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday clashes in the Westlake neighborhood seemed to break out between 9:30 p.m. and 11: p.m. -- coincidentally or not, the about the same time that bright lights from news crews illuminated crowds there and focused on a nearby shrine to the victim of the officer-involved shooting, 37-year-old Guatemalan Manuel Jamines.
Protesters were angered over the shooting: Police said a drunk Jamines had a knife and threatened officers and onlookers; many demonstrators contend he could have been subdued with less-than-lethal force.
"We're just trying to prevent crowds gathering on those streets," Herrera said. "We don't want the crowds to gather and create a tactical alert situation. This is being done so we have access to all the streets also."
The restriction, including no parking signs, applies to about a five-block stretch of Sixth between South Bonnie Brae Street and Loma Drive.