Protesters remain camped outside LA City Hall after police panel ruling

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Protesters remained on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday. They spent the night outside the building following a controversial police commission ruling on a fatal officer-involved shooting. (KABC)

Protesters remained on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday. They spent the night outside the building following a controversial police commission ruling on a fatal officer-involved shooting.

The demonstration was sparked on Tuesday when the 2015 shooting death of Redel Jones was ruled to be justified.

Jones was shot and killed by a Los Angeles Police Department officer following an alleged armed robbery in the Baldwin Hills area.

The Force Investigation Division determined that Jones was armed with a 12-inch knife, and she charged at an officer.

Jones' husband and others are still challenging that information, saying they just don't believe it.

The demonstrators outside City Hall said they have no plans on leaving until they meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

They are also demanding that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck be fired.

"It was an atrocity, and we've seen that same atrocity play out time and time and time again. That's one of the reasons why we're calling on the firing of Chief Beck," said Eddie H. with the Los Angeles Community Action Network.

The protesters are aware that both Garcetti and Beck are currently in Washington, D.C.

They said they'll stay put and wait.

The demonstrators also said this protest is not just about Jones - it's about various other officer-involved shootings including the deaths of Ezell Ford in 2014 and Brendon Glenn, a black man who was shot and killed by a black officer in Venice last May.

A group of LAPD officers are slated to meet with community members in Exposition Park at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of policing. Organizers say the dialogue will focus on how to move forward.
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