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Beck Pledges Speedy Probe Into Day Laborer Shooting

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has pledged to speed up the internal investigation into the shooting of Manuel Jamines, a day laborer who was allegedly intoxicated and brandishing a knife during a confrontation with the police, according to an AP report published by the Mercury News.

Beck says the probe will take less time than the 8 months typical of such an investigation. LAPD Officer Frank Hernandez, who fatally shot Jamines, is being described in the press as a "bully" and "repeat shooter," as news of his previous charges for use of excessive force make headlines.

Additionally, "a coalition of activist groups wrote to the district attorney requesting a criminal investigation into the shooting." Protests over the shooting led to multiple arrests and confrontations in the Westlake area last week.