>Protesters, police clash over L.A. immigrant death

Posted on September 8, 2010



22 arrested as crowd protests knife-wielding man’s fatal shooting by officer

Image: Los Angeles police officers fire nonlethal foam projectiles

LOS ANGELES — Protesters on Tuesday night pelted a police station with eggs, rocks and bottles despite Police Chief Charlie Beck’s plea for calm earlier in the day and his promise to thoroughly investigate an officer’s fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant wielding a knife.

Police reported 22 arrests late Tuesday, mainly for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, Officer Karen Rayner told The Associated Press. Officers fired at least two volleys of nonlethal foam projectiles at demonstrators, she added.
The demonstrators, including families with children, bolted down the street and into alleyways as the shots were fired, The Los Angeles Times reported. During the ruckus, witnesses told the Times, a man fell off his bicycle and struck his head.

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