Another Day Another Hashtag: Mentally Disabled Alfred Olango Shot By Police In San Diego Suburb
This is all becoming too familiar, but there was another police-involved shooting of an unarmed Black man. Yesterday, in El Cajon, Calif., a suburb of San Diego, 30-year-old Alfred Olango was fatally shot by police.
Olango was mentally disabled and was acting strangely in a strip mall. The police were called by his sister who wanted them to help him.
Witness accounts say Olango had a seizure, but San Diego police are reporting Olango was walking “erratically” in traffic and was putting himself as well as drivers in danger.
Speaking at a news conference, to 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 and extended it rapidly towards the officer taking what appeared to be a shooting stance, putting the object in the officer’s face. At this time one of the officers discharged his taser in an effort to subdue the subject. Simultaneously the officer who had the object pointed at him discharged his firearm, striking the male.”
He went on to say, “[The investigation] will be transparent. This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours.”
The police do say the object Olango had was not a weapon. A frame from a witness’ cellphone was released by police.
“I just called for help, and you came and killed him,” said Olango’s sister.
It should be noted the San Diego police do not have body cameras.
As can be expected, protests struck up around the San Diego community calling for justice.