Angry Demonstrators Protest L.A. Police Killing of Teen

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Angry demonstrators poured into the streets of a South Los Angeles neighborhood last night, the second night of protests over the fatal shooting of an armed 18-year-old man, the Los Angeles Times reports. The rowdy crowd shut down traffic at one intersection. Some protesters harassed news reporters and vandalized local businesses, scrawling graffiti on storefronts. Demonstrators protested the killing of citizens by law enforcement, chanting and carrying signs. One sign stated: “Jail killer cops!”

The protest appeared to stem from a vigil held earlier in the evening for Carnell Snell Jr., who was shot Saturday afternoon by police outside his home. Police said he bailed out of a vehicle being pursued by police officers and ran away on foot. He was armed with a gun, which was later recovered at the scene, police said. The protests came hours after a second fatal police shooting this weekend in South L.A. Police said it occurred about 5 p.m. yesterday. A gun was found at the scene, police said. Earlier Sunday, friends and family members gathered outside Snell’s home, where his mother, Monique Morgan, moaned between sobs, “I want my baby … CJ! CJ! CJ.” Police said they were pursuing the vehicle in which Snell was a passenger because they believed it may have been stolen. Authorities have not said whether the car was in fact stolen or divulged any more details about the shooting.

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