Unarmed Black Man Killed by El Cajon Police

by on September 28, 2016 · 2 comments

in California, Civil Rights, Politics, San Diego

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Alfrred Olango. via San Diego Free Press

Demonstration Planned at El Cajon Police Station Wednesday Morning

Tulsa and Charlotte just got closer to San Diegans.

El Cajon police shot and killed an unarmed African-American man, named Alfred Olango, 30 years old, Tuesday afternoon, September 27th. Olango had reportedly had mental health issues.

Without any warning commands by the 2 officers who had confronted him, they fired up to 5 shots at him. He either died at the scene or at the hospital where he was taken.

A crowd gathered in the afternoon – which swelled to up to a hundred people. Many were angry, upset; some chanted, “Black Lives Matter!” As nightfall came, the crowd expressed more anger, and riot police with dogs came onto the scene.

One witness said he witnessed the entire incident, that police advanced on him with a gun and taser drawn, and that without any verbal warnings, fired the weapons.

Police said immediately after the shooting that he had something in his hands and was in a firing position. Later they admitted no weapon was found.

Several people at the scene, as reported by local media, said Olango was having a seizure.

At least one cell phone by a witness at a local Mexican restaurant was taken by police, voluntarily they said, for evidence. That cell phone video has not been released.

Channel 10 News reported:

Patrol officers were responding to a report of a pedestrian behaving erratically in the 800 block of Broadway in El Cajon about 2:30 p.m. when they came into contact with the man in question in a parking lot near a fast food restaurant, according to police.

Police described him as a black man in his 30s, wearing a black tank top and blue jeans.

The unidentified man failed to follow the patrol personnel’s directives, concealing his hand in his pocket, police said. A second officer arrived on scene and the man continued to ignore instructions, according to police.

“The male subject paced back and forth while the officers tried to talk to him,” El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said. “At one point, the male rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together on it, extended it rapidly towards the officer, taking what appeared to be a shooting stance, putting the object in the officer’s face.”

Chief Davis said one officer deployed a stun gun before a second officer opened fire on the man. Bystanders reported hearing about five shots.

On the OB Rag facebook, a commenter left this:

Shaun King, the New York Journalist/Activist, posted a video from a man claiming to have witnessed the whole thing.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php…

Demonstrators will be gathering at the El Cajon Police Department headquarters at 9am Wednesday, at 100 Civic Center Way.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie September 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

There will be reports on the demonstration – both here and from our associates at San Diego Free Press. 200 people rallied in front of the El Cajon PD HQ, after the press conference that included a dozen TV cameras and dozens of other media. It was definitely a mixed crowd calling for transparency, the release of the entire cell phone video – not just one photo – and for justice. Speakers at the press conference pointedly demanded that the media present “do something about this…” – that they take more responsibility and initiative in getting to the truth of what happened.

We found out that last night there was supposed to be a press conference by Chief Jeff Davis outside in front of the HQ – but once they realized how many people were there – they moved it inside, only allowing a handful of “community leaders” to the presser. Once it was over, those who had been let inside did not have the temerity to even address those outside.

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Christo September 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

You say:

“Without any warning commands by the 2 officers who had confronted him, they fired up to 5 shots at him.”

Every other report (including the one you have in your article says:

“The unidentified man failed to follow the patrol personnel’s directives, concealing his hand in his pocket, police said. A second officer arrived on scene and the man continued to ignore instructions, according to police.”

And

“The male subject paced back and forth while the officers tried to talk to him,”

So- how have you determined there were no warnings?

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