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May 20, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After eight days of deliberating manslaughter charges against a former Compton police officer accused of shooting two Samoan brothers 19 times, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury told the judge Tuesday that it had reached an impasse and a mistrial was declared. The deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Alfred Skiles Jr., who was the first law enforcement officer in Los Angeles County in a decade to be charged with killing someone while on duty.
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November 1, 1995
The South Bay Samoan American community has received a $300,000 federal grant for training and job placement, Labor Secretary Robert Reich announced. About 100 residents will be selected to train in computer technology, the health field, customer service and other areas where there is local need. The funding, which pays for training, counseling, remedial education and job search assistance, will be administered through the Carson/Torrance/Lomita Private Industry Council.
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February 28, 1989 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
It did not take long for the little geysers of hatred to erupt earlier this month after local news outlets gave prominent play to what was described as a "melee" between Samoans, who had been attending a bridal shower in Cerritos, and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. "One guy called me the next day and wouldn't give his name, but he was furious," Samoan community activist June Pouesi recalled. " 'Why don't you Samoans learn to live here?' he wanted to know.
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May 2, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pele Faletogo is drawing heavily on a cigarette, deriding the extravagance of traditional Samoan funeral rites in a way that he is certain will rankle many in the community. "I am Samoan and I respect Samoan culture, but if there is one thing I would want to cut, it is the funeral expenses," he says, his voice a deep baritone. Ceremonies sometimes cost more than $40,000.
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May 22, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN and JILL GOTTESMAN
About 350 protesters circled the Compton Civic Center Thursday to denounce a jury deadlock in the trial of a former Compton police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two Samoan brothers. The rally, steeped in Samoan custom, was peaceful and Compton police reported no incidents. Several speakers applauded prosecutors' plans to seek a retrial of Alfred Skiles on manslaughter charges.
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March 13, 1991 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of Samoan-Americans gathered Tuesday in Compton to demand a criminal investigation into the shooting deaths of two unarmed Samoan brothers killed last month by a Compton police officer who was investigating a domestic dispute at their home. About 400 protesters, some of them in traditional Samoan sarongs and flowing dresses, marched for an hour around the Compton police station and City Hall singing Pacific Island hymns about love and peace.
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November 1, 1995
The South Bay Samoan American community has received a $300,000 federal grant for training and job placement, Labor Secretary Robert Reich announced. About 100 residents will be selected to train in computer technology, the health field, customer service and other areas where there is local need. The funding, which pays for training, counseling, remedial education and job search assistance, will be administered through the Carson/Torrance/Lomita Private Industry Council.
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April 11, 1991
A civil rights suit asking at least $100 million in damages was filed Wednesday by attorneys for the family of two unarmed Samoan brothers who were shot to death in February by a Compton police officer. The suit against the city was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Pouvi Tualaulelei, 34, and his brother, Italia, 22, a football player at El Camino College, were shot by Officer Alfred Skiles.
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May 29, 1992
About 300 demonstrators gathered at the Compton Civic Center to protest the mistrial of a police officer who was charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two Samoan brothers. Community leaders had said previously that anger felt by the Los Angeles area's large Samoan population should be vented only through peaceful protest.
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December 28, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Compton police officer pleaded innocent Friday to charges of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of two unarmed Samoan-American brothers, whose deaths last February sparked an uproar in the Samoan community. Alfred Skiles, 44, entered his plea before Superior Court Judge Alexander Williams. Trial was set for Feb. 24. Skiles is charged with shooting Pouvi Tualaulelei, 34, and his brother, Itali, 22, a total of 19 times after responding to a domestic disturbance call at their Compton home.
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May 29, 1992
About 300 demonstrators gathered at the Compton Civic Center to protest the mistrial of a police officer who was charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two Samoan brothers. Community leaders had said previously that anger felt by the Los Angeles area's large Samoan population should be vented only through peaceful protest.
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May 25, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a jury deadlocked on charges that a Compton police officer killed two Samoan brothers, Fuiavailili Alailima implored a group of angry and bewildered high school students to stay calm. Many of the young people had grown up thousands of miles from the South Pacific, the birthplace of the traditionally peaceful Samoan culture, but Alailima exhorted them to remember their roots in this time of crisis. "Don't live up to the stereotype of the big, bad Samoans," Alailima said.
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May 22, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN and JILL GOTTESMAN
About 350 protesters circled the Compton Civic Center Thursday to denounce a jury deadlock in the trial of a former Compton police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two Samoan brothers. The rally, steeped in Samoan custom, was peaceful and Compton police reported no incidents. Several speakers applauded prosecutors' plans to seek a retrial of Alfred Skiles on manslaughter charges.
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May 21, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors said Wednesday they will seek a second trial for a former Compton police officer charged with manslaughter after shooting two unarmed Samoan brothers 19 times when he went to investigate a domestic dispute. The decision to retry Alfred Skiles came a day after a mistrial was declared. A Superior Court jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting the officer in the deaths of Pouvi Tualaulelei, 34, and his 22-year-old brother, Itali Tualaulelei.
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May 20, 1992 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leaders from Los Angeles County's Samoan community expressed outrage but also pleaded for calm Tuesday after a mistrial was ruled in the case of a Compton police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two Samoan brothers. Samoan church officials and matais , or chiefs, gathered at a Carson meeting hall to denounce a hung jury in the trial of Alfred Skiles Jr., accused in the February, 1991, killings of Pouvi Tualaulelei, 34, and Itali Tualaulelei, 22.
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May 20, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After eight days of deliberating manslaughter charges against a former Compton police officer accused of shooting two Samoan brothers 19 times, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury told the judge Tuesday that it had reached an impasse and a mistrial was declared. The deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of acquitting Alfred Skiles Jr., who was the first law enforcement officer in Los Angeles County in a decade to be charged with killing someone while on duty.
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March 11, 1991 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Autopsy reports indicate that two brothers from Compton were shot a total of 20 times--with many of the bullets striking them in the back--by a local police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call at their home, authorities said Sunday. The officer, whom Compton police have declined to name, has been placed on desk duty pending completion of separate investigations of the February shootings by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and police, authorities said.
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April 29, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prosecutor contended Tuesday that a Compton police officer fired 10 shots into two Samoan brothers as they argued with him in the driveway of their home last year, then "in cold blood" reloaded his gun and shot them nine more times as they lay wounded and helpless on the ground. "You wouldn't shoot Adolf Hitler like that," Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Healey told a jury.
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May 7, 1992 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advising jurors that "a lot of people are watching this case," a prosecutor on Wednesday called the killing of two Samoan brothers by a Compton police officer who shot them 19 times "a vicious, cruel homicide" and urged the panel to find the man guilty. Jurors began their deliberations shortly after Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Healey allowed that the officer, Alfred Skiles Jr.
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April 29, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prosecutor contended Tuesday that a Compton police officer fired 10 shots into two Samoan brothers as they argued with him in the driveway of their home last year, then "in cold blood" reloaded his gun and shot them nine more times as they lay wounded and helpless on the ground. "You wouldn't shoot Adolf Hitler like that," Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Healey told a jury.
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