Protests As Unarmed Ugandan Is Shot Dead In US State Of California
By Serestino Tusingwire
The man, identified by a relative as Ugandan native Alfred Olango, 30, was shot dead on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon USA after police received a call about a man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.
El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis said Olango had ignored repeated calls by officers to remove his hand from his pocket and one officer used a Taser against him while another fired his weapon as they felt threatened.
“At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” Davis said in a statement.
“At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon.”Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject.” He added.
The shooting took place as the United States reels from a string of police killings of black men that have raised racial tensions nationwide.
Following the shooting, several people gathered at the scene Tuesday night chanting “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.”
One woman posted a Facebook Live video after the shooting that showed a distraught woman who identified herself as Olango’s sister and said she had called police to help her brother who was mentally ill.
“I called you guys to help my brother. You killed my brother in front of me.” Witnesses said they heard five shots as police confronted Olango.
Davis said the two officers involved in the shooting, each with more than 20 years of service, had been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Meanwhile, Crowds gathered in the Californian city of El Cajon to protest against US police brutality after the killing of Alfred Olango.