El Cajon Police Kill Mentally Ill California Man
A new police shooting is being reported in El Cajon, California. Alfred Olango, who friends say suffered from mental illness, was gunned down by police after authorities claim he “rapidly pulled out an object” and stood in a “shooting stance.”
A black man has died after police shot him in El Cajon, California, sparking protests in the suburb northeast of San Diego.
On Tuesday afternoon, El Cajon police responded to a 911 call regarding an African-American man in his 30s who reportedly was behaving “erratically” behind a restaurant at the Broadway Village Shopping Center, Lt. Rob Ransweiler said.
According to the call, the man was “not acting like himself” and had been walking in traffic in a manner that endangered himself and motorists, police Chief Jeff Davis said.
“When (officers) contacted him, he failed to comply with the directives that he was given,” Ransweiler said.
Instead, Davis said the man kept his hands concealed in his pockets while pacing back and forth.
As a second officer prepared a Taser, the man “rapidly drew an object,” placed both hands on it “like you would be holding a firearm” and stood in a “shooting stance,” according to police.
In response, one officer fired his gun at the man, while a second officer discharged his Taser, Davis said. It’s not clear if the man was armed.
Officers did NOT find a firearm at the scene and won’t say what the actual object was that the man was holding.
Despite police reports, witnesses are adamant that the man had his hands up, or at least to his side at the time of the shooting. Al Jazeera is now reporting that his sister called authorities to help her brother but instead they shot him.
Police from the El Cajon suburb released a statement late on Tuesday night, several hours after the shooting outside the Broadway Village shopping centre, confirming that the man died in hospital. His family have named him as 30-year-old Alfred Olango.
Police had been called over by Olango’s sister, who said that he was acting strangely and not himself. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was filmed by a bystander who posted the clip live to Facebook. That video has been viewed almost 40,000 times.
“Why couldn’t you tase him? I told you he is sick. And you guys shot him!” Olango’s sister can be heard telling officers in the video. “I called police to help him, not to kill him.”
SMH, are you even surprised that theres’ been another police shooting???
Why can’t authorities just taser people, why does it always to have to end this way???