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'If You Don't Want To Get Shot By A Police Officer, Don't Try To Stab One With A Knife,' Says LAPPL

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The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday the officer involved in the September 5 fatal shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines "acted lawfully," reports KTLA. The shooting occurred when police on bicycles, responding to reports of a man with a knife, confronted Jamines ordering him to put the weapon down. When he refused, fearing for their safety, officers opened fire, killing the 37-year-old.

Outrage remains strong in the community following the shooting and resulting protests that occurred six months ago, and a large number of LAPD officials were dispatched to the area Tuesday as a precaution before the announcement. Representatives of the immigrant community gathered this morning near LAPD headquarters downtown, reports KTLA, saying they would not "accept anything less than criminal charges against the officer involved."

According to KTLA, Officer Frank Hernandez, who fatally shot Jamines, had reportedly been involved in two previous shootings while on duty including a female robbery victim in 1999 who allegedly pointed a handgun at Hernandez and his partner and an 18-year-old assault suspect who attempted to flee.

In response to the Police Commissioners’ ruling, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), issued a statement saying, "As we have said repeatedly, when individuals threaten police officers with a deadly weapon, they alone are responsible for the consequences of their actions. If you don’t want to get shot by a police officer, don’t try to stab one with a knife."

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LAPPL commended Chief Beck and the Commission for their examination of the facts and stood behind the officers "who protected the community from an intoxicated, knife-wielding man," notes the LAPPL press release. Officers reportedly had "about 40 seconds to take decisive action in the quick-moving emergency situation," according to the release, continuing, "This case was textbook police work by the three officers who share 20 years of experience on the force."

The Southern California Immigration Coalition is reportedly expecting protests to take place at the site of the shooting -- 6th Street and Union Avenue -- around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, reports KTLA.