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Protest of Officer Involved Shooting Leads to Arrests

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A peaceful demonstration west of downtown yesterday took a turn to the unruly side of things as the evening progressed. Dozens of people angered by an officer involved shooting that left 37-year-old Manuel Jamines dead on Sunday afternoon had gathered Monday at the scene to protest. Four people were arrested for inciting a riot when bottles and rocks were thrown at police, according to the LA Times. Some mattresses were also lit on fire. On Sunday, Jamines was allegedly threatening shoppers in the busy Westlake neighborhood near 6th Street and Union Avenue with a knife. Some reports indicated he may have been intoxicated. Bicycle officers who were flagged down tried to get him to drop the weapon in English and Spanish, but instead he lunged at them, prompting the shooting, according to police.

Some protestors said Jamines was not armed, others said police should have had used less lethal means to subdue him, and some believe no instructions were given in Spanish. Demonstrators were calling the incident an "assassination."