Protests after unarmed African-American man shot dead by US police in El Cajon
Following the shooting, several people gathered at the scene Tuesday night chanting 'black?lives matter' and 'hands up, don't shoot.' In photo: Protesters at Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters rally on March 3, 2015. Photograph: (Getty)
People gathered in a California town on Wednesday to protest against the police shooting of an urmed black man who was reportedly mentally ill.
Alfred Olango, 30, was shot in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon on Tuesday. The police had received a call about a man behaving erratically and walking in the streets.
El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis said Olango had ignored repeated calls by officers to remove his hand from his pocket. The officers felt threatened as the man took a 'shooting stance'. An officer fired a taser at Olango while the other used his weapon.
"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."
A bystander's Facebook live video recorded the woman saying that she called 911 for help with her mentally ill brother.
"You guys came and killed my brother," the woman wails in the video that had been viewed 82,000 times by Wednesday morning.
"I called you guys to help my brother. You killed my brother in front of me."
Following the shooting, several people gathered at the scene Tuesday night chanting "black lives matter" and "hands up, don't shoot," AFP reported. Olanga's sister also participated in the protest rally.
Olanga was an immigrant from Uganda who was working as a cook, The Washington Post reported his friends as saying.
Davis promised transparency in the investigation while the residents have called on the police to release the video footage of the incident. He said that the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours," said.
A "Justice for Alfred Olango" protest was planned on Wednesday in front of the El Cajon police station, AFP said.
We are now at the scene of the shooting, where people are chanting "black power" and police are lined up in riot gear. pic.twitter.com/nK8WyjBgI4— Sarah Parvini (@sarahparvini) September 28, 2016
Teh El Cajon police department tweeted out a traffic alert on Wednesday.
Traffic Alert - Protesters are marching in El Cajon. Please avoid Broadway / Fletcher Pkwy / Graves / Ballantyne / Magnolia— El Cajon Police (@elcajonpolice) September 28, 2016
The deaths of black men at the hands of police have spurred protests across America, most recently last week in the North Carolina city of Charlotte.
A series of deadly police encounters across the country in recent years have raised questions about the use of force by US law enforcement against African-Americans and other minorities.
(WION with inputs from AFP)