As Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck defended the fatal shooting of a day laborer, protesters and officers clashed last night near the site of the incident, the Los Angeles Times reports. About 300 demonstrators gathered at the police department’s Rampart Station. Some hurled eggs at police cars and others threw objects at the station windows, prompting officers in riot gear to push the throng along the street.
Officers fired non-lethal projectiles at protesters near the intersection where Manuel Jamines was fatally shot Sunday afternoon by an officer who said Jamines refused commands to drop a switchblade. Beck said the three bicycle patrol officers who confronted Jamines had about 40 seconds to act and did as good a job as could be done in such a quick-moving, emergency situation. “There was very, very little opportunity to do much more than what was done,” he said.