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Rep. Maxine Waters in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Nanette Barragán on Sunday urged state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate the death of an 18-year-old Latino man fatally shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. The deputy was not wearing a body camera at the time.

Driving the news: Authorities said Andres Guardado was armed and fleeing the deputies when he was shot in Gardena on Thursday, per the Los Angeles Times, which notes it's not been disclosed "what prompted the shooting." L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said it would be "premature" for Becerra to probe the case as detectives were "still in the early stages" of investigating what happened, ABC News reports. Protesters rallied on Sunday to demand answers over the case.

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Georgia officer fired after viral videos show him punching Black man

A sheriff's deputy in Georgia was fired on Sunday for "excessive use of force" after videos surfaced on social media showing him pinning and repeatedly punching Roderick Walker, a Black man, while attempting to detain him this past Friday.

The state of play: The Clayton County sheriff had ordered a bond courtesy for Walker, but it was rejected because he has a felony probation warrant out for "cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a failure to appear," according to the sheriff's office. Walker received medical treatment and is currently being monitored in jail.

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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