EAST GARDENA (CBSLA) – Dozens of demonstrators gathered on Friday evening in front of a car body shop in East Gardena, where an 18-year-old was shot dead by MPs 24 hours earlier.
The protest, organized by Union del Barrio and other social justice organizations, sought justice for Andres Gaurdado, who worked as a security guard, when he was shot dead by MPs from the Los Angeles District Sheriff Department on Thursday evening.
Shortly after 6 p.m., demonstrators took to the streets in the 400 block of Redondo Beach Boulevard.
Earlier in the day, family members held a press conference outside the store saying Guardado had two jobs and was trying to go to school to become a nurse.
"He was a good man," said Jennifer Guardado, the teenager's sister. "He would make it in life. He would make it and become a good, professional man in life, but they took that from my family and me.
"My parents are completely destroyed. We're all dead inside. "
The sheriff department announced Friday that Guardado was not recognized by the state of California as a licensed security officer. He also said that he was not wearing identifiable clothing or uniform, indicating that he was working as a security guard.
The department also said a firearm with no license plates or serial numbers was found on site and contained a prohibited large-capacity magazine.
But family members said they didn't think Guardado was armed.
"I had never heard or seen him have guns," said Celina Avarca, Guardado's cousin. "He never spoke about her."
His sister went too far to say he was framed.
"It's not his weapon," said Guardado's sister. "They framed it. Someone else did it or you did it."
A Friday night statement from the Los Angeles Community College District said it was "shocked and sad" to hear about Guardado's death.
"LACCD strongly supports the Guardado family's call for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the circumstances of the murder. His death comes at a time of national outcry for social justice and major police reform related to law enforcement use of lethal violence and increased violence Emphasis on de-escalation techniques and community police, we must never be desensitized or normalized against the alarming number of deaths due to the prosecution of black and brown men and women in this country – this cannot be tolerated and the time for police reform is now. "
Guardado said he was a student at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.
LACCD, which contracts law enforcement services with LASD, said it is reviewing the district's expectations regarding community police practices.
Protesters said they were planning another Sunday of demonstration.