Hundreds protest Los Angeles police ruling on 2015 shooting

Hundreds of protesters thronged Los Angeles' police headquarters and city hall Tuesday, according to news reports, after an investigation into the fatal 2015 shooting of a black robbery suspect found police had not broken department rules.

In a hearing into the shooting death of Redel Jones, 30, in August 2015, the Police Commission criticized the actions of two Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers involved in the killing but found that their actions did not violate the department's deadly force policy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Protesters inside the meeting shouted down the panel as the decision was announced. Outside, hundreds of demonstrators separated from the police headquarters by metal barriers reacted angrily, waving fists and chanting "black lives, we matter here," according to news video broadcast by ABC.

Activists on social media called on demonstrators to flood the city's government district and "shut down city hall" where a large group had gathered on the steps, shouting Jones' name. News photos published on social media showed protesters trying to force the door of the building as police inside struggled to keep it closed.

Jones was one of more than 100 black people killed by police in the US in 2015. Police said she threatened them with a knife, but an eyewitness disputes their account.

The decision on her death came amid heightened tensions between black communities and police over last week's police killings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St Paul, Minnesota, and a shooting by a black sniper on a protest that killed five police officers in Dallas.

Last update: Wed, 13/07/2016 - 12:09
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