- - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Officer cleared in immigrant’s shooting death

LOS ANGELES | The Police Commission said Tuesday a police officer was justified in killing a Guatemalan immigrant last year — a shooting that sparked days of protest in the Hispanic community.

The ruling by the civilian panel put police on watch for renewed unrest but there were no reports of problems.

The commission accepted an internal report by the LAPD that concluded the Sept. 5 killing of Manuel Jaminez was a proper use of lethal force.

An independent review by Inspector General Nicole Bershon also determined the shooting was in line with department policy, Police Commission President John W. Mack said.

Even before the commission announced its findings, police were mobilizing to face possible new protests, and at least one immigration activist group was calling for a rally at an intersection near MacArthur Park, where Mr. Jaminez died.

“We cannot allow the LAPD to murder yet another migrant from our community,” the Southern California Immigration Coalition said.

FLORIDA

Mayor removed in recall vote

MIAMI | Miami-Dade County residents have voted to remove Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office.

Residents cast their ballots in favor of recalling Mr. Alvarez on Tuesday over mounting frustration over a property-tax rate increase and simultaneous salary raise for many county employees.

With 75 percent of the precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust the mayor. Just 12 percent were in favor of allowing Mr. Alvarez to finish his term.

The Miami-Dade recall is the largest yet of a local government official, in terms of population size.

The push to remove Mr. Alvarez from office was led by billionaire car dealer Norman Braman, who said the mayor’s fiscal decision endangered the community.

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