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LAPD Chief Vows to Fast-Track Probe Into Fatal Police Shooting

Associated Press

September 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck promises to accelerate the department’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Beck told the civilian board overseeing the LAPD that the inquiry into the shooting of Manuel Jaminez would be finished much sooner than the eight months it typically takes investigators.

The killing of Jaminez sparked three nights of protests that sometimes turned violent. Activists say the shooting of Jaminez, who police say was drunk and armed with a knife, was unjustified and he should have been disarmed without being killed.

Also Tuesday, a coalition of activist groups wrote to the district attorney requesting a criminal investigation into the shooting.

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      Sheepdog267

      almost 4 years ago

      1530 Comments

      What my friend, Retleo, said. Also, I believe the suspect was in this country illegally. Therefore, he would be an "illegal" immigrant.

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      Dunn317

      almost 4 years ago

      152 Comments

      Bump Robocop33......

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      flstnkid

      almost 4 years ago

      20 Comments

      Accelerate the department’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant. Oh yea that's a good way to do an investigation. Obviously he has never worked in an investigative unit. Always dot your eyes and cross your tees. Take as much time as it takes to do it right. Sounds like he's looking to please the community instead of doing the right thing.

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      LAPD_JEDI

      almost 4 years ago

      106 Comments

      The guy charged at Ofcrs with a knife....they shot him.... What other facts do you need? Because people are unhappy, we need to accomodate them? I think not....The week following this incident, we had to stay over every night on tac alert and send units down town....what a waste of money and resources....Let me say this, during that time I had a lot of people complain how long it took us to handle calls; I made sure to tell them where their tax paying dollars were....BTW, what agency in the world tells their officers to subdue an agressive, unstable man whom has a knife with OC spray or a distraction strike....I always remember the saying "you dont bring a knife to knife fight"..... and finally ( I could rant for hours) SINCE WHEN DO WE MAKE PUBLIC THE NAMES OF OFCRS INVOLVED IN SHOOTINGS?......Chief Beck has been pretty good since he's been Chief, but I think this was a big OOPS.............

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      Beowulf_7

      almost 4 years ago

      730 Comments

      Does the term speeding up the investigation somehow translate into, "We need to find a way of finding the officers guilty." just to make the public (as illegal as they are) happy?

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      batman2944

      almost 4 years ago

      738 Comments

      BUMP Retleo.....

      "Stay in the Fight"

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      Robocop33

      almost 4 years ago

      14642 Comments

      I posted before I read Retleo's post,....great minds.

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      Robocop33

      almost 4 years ago

      14642 Comments

      The investigation should already be completed. It is an open and shut case that the Officer acted in a professional manner and was completely justified in using deadly force. Anything else is touchy-feely BS and a waste of taxpayers money and does noting but keep this incident alive. Come on Chief, grow a pair and state case closed, Officer totally justified, end of story.

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      Anonymous

      almost 4 years ago

      What a waste of taxpayer money and investigator's time. Bump Retleo - there can be no good outcome from this.
      Why don't they investigate why the immigrant population (illegal or otherwise) always gets what they want and law enforcement and all the rest of us always get the shaft? Seems pretty odd...

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      Retleo

      almost 4 years ago

      5524 Comments

      I think that it is irresponsible to speed up an investigation in the name of political expediency! The protesters will not be happy with any finding that does not result in criminal charges against the police and any finding the clears the police will be attacked as being the result of the shortened, and therefore flawed, investigation. The Chief needs to grow a pair and stick to investigative protocol rather than bowing to political pressure. This has all the earmarks of a no-win situation!

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