“So, the police did it again, y’all. They shot another unarmed black person as usual.” That’s the opening line of a video taken shortly after police in El Cajon, California shot and killed Alfred Olango in a parking lot Tuesday. CNN has the story:
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.
“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.
Police released a photo, apparently a still from an unreleased video, which appears to show Olango pointing something at police:
However, no gun was found at the scene. A woman who says she is Olango’s sister can be seen in the video shot by a bystander saying she called police because her brother was “sick.” Police have called for calm and to give them time to investigate but already crowds of protesters have had one brief confrontation with police:
Today the protesters showed up in front of the police station and demanded a federal investigation of the shooting and the release of the video. Meanwhile, ABC 10 reports police have gathered surveillance camera footage from local businesses and are looking at exactly what happened:
Here’s a portion of the bystander video mentioned above as released by the Associated Press: