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LAPD Officer Cleared In Shooting of Day Laborer

March 16, 2011  | 

The Los Angeles Police officer who fatally shot a Guatemalan day laborer threatening people with a knife that led to public unrest and riot control response has been cleared in the shooting, the Los Angeles Police Commission has announced.

A five-member panel of the civilian Police Commission fully exonerated Officer Frank Hernandez in the shooting. Also, the District Attorney has declined to file charges against the officer, reports the Los Angeles Times.

On Sept. 5, Officer Hernandez, who was assigned to the bicycle unit out of the Rampart Division, responded to a 911 call of a man threatening people with a knife at Sixth Street and Union Avenue. Three officers responded to the 1 p.m. call.

Manuel Jamines, 37, was drunk and holding a knife. The officers repeatedly ordered Jamines in Spanish and English to drop the weapon. He instead raised the knife and charged at Hernandez, who fired two shots. Jamines was struck in the head and died on the street.

The commission ruled that police tactics, Officer Hernandez' drawing of his weapon and the use of force was "in policy," according to a police commission statement.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents LAPD officers,  released a statement affirming the commission's decision.

"The commission reaffirmed the right of police officers to take the actions necessary to protect themselves from lethal threats," according to the statement signed by the LAPPL board of directors. "Lawful commands of police officers must be obeyed. When they aren't, the situation can quickly take a tragic turn, as it did in this case."

Related:

Three LAPD Officers Injured During Standoff With Shooting Protesters

L.A. Mayor Defends Police Shooting of Day Laborer

Man Shot By LAPD Used Three Names


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scpdblue @ 3/16/2011 12:11 PM

Mr. Manuel Jamines Guatemalan was a day laborer But coronor's investigators identified him as Manuel Ramirez based on a fingerprint match with the U.S. Department of Justice. They also found U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement documentation identifying him as Gregorio Luis Perez with a 1984 birth date. In the end he was a ILLEGAL ALIEN,one of ten of thousands in this country. SHUT THE BORDER DOWN.If Israel can do so can we.

Mikeforce68 @ 3/17/2011 5:10 PM

We would be happily surprised if we did a better job of enforcing immigration into the southern part of our country, to find tht the crime rate would go down about ten to twenty-five percent. Illegal immigrants have to survive and can be exploited because they are illegal. They can be forced into crimes that they would not normally think of doing just to eat and survive.

The Border Patrol can be supplemented with military Military Police units all along the southern border of the USA and Canada as well. These units benefit from actural law enforcement training and the Border Patrol has back up for its officers in the event of a gun fight with the drug cartel. Take back the border and take back some normalcy in the Southern part of the USA.

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