For a second straight night protesters took it to the streets after a bicycle officer’s fatal shooting of a drunken day laborer with a knife. Demonstrators spilled into the streets Tuesday night, some to pray and light candles and others to pelt a police station near downtown Los Angeles with eggs, rocks and bottles.
Guatemalan immigrant Manuel Jamines, 37, was shot twice by a police officer Sunday afternoon near MacArthur Park, a poor neighborhood packed with recent immigrants from Central America.
On Tuesday, about 300 protesters took their complaints to the police station only two blocks from where Jamines died, said Lt. Andrew Neiman. Officers tried to move the demonstrators away from the station and keep them away from the park.
Police reported 22 arrests on Tuesday night, mainly for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, Officer Karen Rayner said.
Officers fired at least two rounds of nonlethal foam projectiles at demonstrators, Rayner said. No injuries to officers or civilians were reported.
On Monday, four people were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor inciting a riot, and others threw rocks and bottles at police, slightly injuring three officers, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.
A citywide tactical alert was called to free up officers to respond to the area, Rayner said.
Beck said the incident involving Jamines started when someone flagged down three bicycle officers to tell them a man was threatening people with a knife.
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