50 People Staged Protest March In Downtown LA Against Police Tactics

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - About 50 people staged a protest march in downtown Los Angeles today against police tactics that have ended with officer-involved killings of black men and others.

Members of Stop Mass Incarceration Network and other civil rights advocates gathered about noon at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters at 100 W. First St. and marched to Skid Row, where a homeless man who allegedly grabbed for an officer's gun was fatally shot by police on Sunday.

The group, with bicycle mounted LAPD officers in tow, then marched east toward Union Station.

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No arrests or trouble had been reported as of about 3 p.m., said Officer Norma Eisenman of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. The demonstration was dubbed "Justice for Africa," in reference to the nickname of Charly Leundeu Keunang, the 43-year-old Cameroonian killed by police on Sunday.

Federal authorities have said the man was a Cameroon national and convicted robber who was supposed to be deported, but was released from custody when Cameroon officials failed to cooperate with the deportation effort. His videotaped killing, captured on a witness' cellphone camera, has prompted outrage from some community groups who have been protesting police shootings both in Los Angeles and across the country. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have called for patience as various investigations are conducted, including probes by the independent LAPD inspector general and the District Attorney's Office.

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