Another unarmed (and also mentally ill) black man has been killed by police
In another case of what could be excessive police force, cops in El Cajon, California first fired a Taser and then shot at Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man on Sept. 27. His death sparked off protests in the city with protestors demanding accountability for his death and asked the police to release video of the shooting.
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) September 29, 2016
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 28, 2016
— Bianca Bruno (@BiancaDBruno) September 29, 2016
— Itica Milanes (@10NewsMilanes) September 29, 2016
— Debbi Baker (@Debbi_Baker) September 29, 2016
I wish all the El Cajon activists & protesters the best. This senseless police murder needs to be protested. In solidarity! #AlfredOlango
— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) September 28, 2016
— Marcella Lee (@MarcellaCBS8) September 29, 2016
Olango had been acting erratically and his sister had called 911 for help. He had been walking into traffic and endangering motorists. His sister told the police that he was mentally ill and unarmed. When officers finally got there, they found Olango to be uncooperative and he had his hands in his pocket. He kept pacing around and then an officer started preparing a Taser. That's when Olango quickly took out something from his pocket – which has now been identified as a vaping device – and held it like a gun. Both officers fired at the same time.
— Myeisha Y'vonne (@Myeisha_Yvonne) September 28, 2016
"I call you guys to come help. Not to kill my brother!"
— Fusion (@Fusion) September 28, 2016
Just submitted my story on #AlfredOlango and it will be out this morning. American police are treating mental illness with firing squads.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 28, 2016
I have seizures, and I can assure you that being shot has never been part of any treatment plan provided to me. #AlfredOlango
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) September 28, 2016
The El Cajon Police Department's homicide unit is investigating the shooting while both officers have been placed on administrative leave. They've released reports of the incident, amidst demands to release the footage.
Officers responded to an erratic subject that ended with an officer involved shooting. We will post updates here as they are available.
— El Cajon Police (@elcajonpolice) September 27, 2016
The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air
— El Cajon Police (@elcajonpolice) September 28, 2016
Officer Involved Shooting Update: https://t.co/FJpzgiQjYb
— El Cajon Police (@elcajonpolice) September 29, 2016
Olango was a Ugandan refugee and was distraught over the recent death of his best friend. A Facebook page for Olango says he was a head cook at Hooters and went to San Diego High School and San Diego Mesa College.
This comes at a time when there are already Black Lives Matter protests going on in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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