POSTED: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 2:09am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 11:00am
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has been greeted by boos, whistles and chants of "justicia!" by an angry crowd at a community meeting intended to calm residents after the fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding man.
About 300 people are at the meeting at a school in the Westlake neighborhood where 37-year-old Manuel Jimenes was shot to death Sunday by an officer after he allegedly lunged at the officer with a knife.
Beck read a witness' statement provided by investigators. The witness, a neighborhood resident who wasn't named, said she saw a man bleeding from his hand but thought nothing of it until he tried to stab her and a pregnant woman standing next to her.
Police say the knife-wielding man was Jimenes, a day laborer from Guatemala. Community members, aided by outsiders, have taken to the streets the past two nights and used his death to highlight alleged past injustices and vent ongoing frustrations.