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Protesters gather in San Diego after fatal police shooting of unarmed mentally disabled black man

September 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Protesters gather in San Diego after fatal police shooting of unarmed mentally disabled black man

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Authorities have reported another fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. The latest incident occurred on Tuesday in El Cajon, California.

Cops reportedly shot and killed a black man who was reportedly acting erratically at a suburban San Diego strip mall, after he allegedly assumed a “shooting stance,” with an object in his hands, authorities said.

Some witnesses at the scene identified the victim as 30-year-old Alfred Olango, who reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure and had a history of mental health issues. However, police have yet to confirm the victim’s identity officially.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said at a news conference that one of the officers tried and failed to subdue Olango several times with a stun gun.

Although Davis refused to reveal what the object was, he did acknowledge it was not a weapon.

After the incident occurred, dozens of protesters had gathered at the shooting scene, with some claiming the man had his hands raised when cops opened fire.

However, police officials disputed the claims and produced a frame from cellphone video taken by a witness, which apparently shows the man assuming a “shooting stance” as two officers with weapons drawn approached the man.

The fatal shooting comes in the wake of a string of fatal police shooting incidents of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, which sparked violent unrest.

Although the protests in San Diego were angry, it remained mostly peaceful, with dozens of people, most of them black, gathering at the scene.

Some hurled expletives at officers guarding the scene while chanting “Black lives matter!” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

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Dozens of protesters gathered at the strip mall where the shooting happened began chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up, don’t shoot’

Amid the demonstrations, Davis urged the community to remain calm and maintained the investigation would be thorough and open.

“This will be transparent,” he said. “This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours.”

The District Attorney’s Office announced it will also launch an investigation into the fatal police shooting of Alfred Olongo.

Shortly after 2 p.m. cops arrived at the mall after receiving a call from the victim’s sister who said he was “not acting like himself” and walking in traffic.

A center, prays as people gather at the scene where the man was shot on Tuesday in El Cajon, east of San Diego

A pastor prays as people gather at the scene where the man was shot on Tuesday in El Cajon, east of San Diego

Officers said the man refused “multiple” orders to remove his hand from his pocket and opened fire after he allegedly pulled out an unidentified object.

Investigators at the scene said a female witness voluntarily provided cellphone footage of the incident. However, authorities only released a single frame, not the entire video clip.

In the aftermath of the fatal police shooting, other videos of the incident quickly began to surface on social media sites.

One video posted on Facebook, shows an unidentified woman, telling police at the scene that the man was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket.

“I said: ‘Take your hand out your pocket, baby, or they’re going to shoot you.’ He said ‘no, no, no,’ ” the woman said. “When he lifted his hand out … he did have something in his hand but it wasn’t no gun, and that’s when they shot him.”

Another distraught woman on the video in hospital-style work clothing said she’s the man’s sister, told police she had called to help her brother, who she described as mentally ill.

“I just called for help, and you came and killed him,” she said.

One witness, Michael Ray Rodriguez had stated the man had his hands in the air and didn’t see the man assume a shooting stance.

He said he was driving out of his apartment complex when he witnessed a shirtless black man with his hands raised.

“The officer said ‘let go of the trigger and shot him again and again,’ Rodriguez told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The city of El Cajon is located 15 miles northeast of San Diego and has a population of about 100,000.

The community is 69 percent white and 6 percent black, according to 2010 census figures, and has become a home for many refugees fleeing Iraq and, more recently, Syria.

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