Demonstrators in South L.A. protest for the second night in a row after fatal officer-involved shooting

Outside of the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters.
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Following a candlelight vigil in South Los Angeles on Sunday, demonstrators filled the streets near the area where an 18-year-old man was fatally shot by police on Saturday afternoon.

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The protesters, some carrying signs and others shouting profanity at police, shut down traffic at 108th Street and Western Avenue, the Los Angeles Times reports. With LAPD officers and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies watching, a few demonstrators defaced business storefronts with spray paint, and others did donuts in their cars in the middle of the street. Police told NBC Los Angeles that the protest took a rowdy turn after outside agitators showed up, and four arrests have been made.

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Police say Carnell Snell Jr. was shot after he jumped out of a car being pursued by officers; they believed the vehicle was stolen, but have not yet revealed if it actually was. Police say he was armed, and they found the gun at the scene. After the shooting, demonstrators gathered in the area, and others went to the Hancock Park neighborhood to protest outside of Mayor Eric Garcetti's home, with some throwing eggs at the house. Snell's friends say he was going to college and had recently started boxing again after taking a break, and they did not know him to hang out with gangs. "It didn't matter religion, gender, or race — he always treated people, especially elders, with a lot of respect," neighbor Christine Conley told the Times. The LAPD said it will likely release more information about the shooting on Monday or Tuesday.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.