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LA protests underscore frustration of immigrants

 Guatemalan immigrant Oscar Chavez protests Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles against Sept. 5 shooting of Manuel Jamines by Los Angeles police i...
 A street vendor sells fruit on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles. For many in the gritty Westlake neighborhood, the shooting of Guatemalan immi...
 A postal worker walks past a Guatemalan themed restaurant in the Weslake neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles. For many in the gri...
 Residents eat at a Guatemalan restaurant across the corner of Sixth Street and Union Ave. where police shot an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who w...

Fatal Police Shooting Neighborhood

Guatemalan immigrant Oscar Chavez protests Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles against Sept. 5 shooting of Manuel Jamines by Los Angeles police i...

Fatal Police Shooting Neighborhood

A street vendor sells fruit on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles. For many in the gritty Westlake neighborhood, the shooting of Guatemalan immi...

Fatal Police Shooting Neighborhood

A postal worker walks past a Guatemalan themed restaurant in the Weslake neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles. For many in the gri...

Fatal Police Shooting Neighborhood

Residents eat at a Guatemalan restaurant across the corner of Sixth Street and Union Ave. where police shot an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who w...

LOS ANGELES _ The bustling Westlake district of Los Angeles has turned into a hotbed of unrest after a police officer shot and killed a Guatemalan day laborer who allegedly lunged at him with a knife.
The shooting death Sunday of 37-year-old Manuel Jaminez sparked three days of protests by people who felt the killing was an unfair and unnecessary use of police force.
City officials blame outsiders for the violence, but a visit to the neighborhood of grimy tenements reveals a social tapestry fraying from an increasingly difficult way of life and widespread frustration.
More than two-thirds of residents are foreign born, almost three-quarters are Hispanic and almost half live in poverty.


Updated : 2021-03-06 19:29 GMT+08:00