San Diego, California (CBS8) — Police fatally shot a seemingly irrational man who allegedly failed to comply with their commands at an El Cajon strip mall Tuesday afternoon, prompting bitter demonstrations over what some took to be a racially motivated shooting.
Patrol officers were responding to a report of a pedestrian behaving erratically and walking in traffic in the 800 block of Broadway about 2:30 p.m. when they came into contact with the man behind a restaurant on that street, according to El Cajon police.
Law enforcement officers shot and murdered another black man they say drew an object from his pocket, pointed it at an officer and took what seemed to be a “shooting stance” in a San Diego suburb Tuesday, raising concerns among residents near the scene of the occurrence.
Authorities were called around 2 p.m. PT to the Broadway Village Shopping Center in El Cajon, Calif., around 15 miles northeast of San Diego, after listening to reports of an uncooperative person walking into traffic, El Cajon police mentioned in a statement.
El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis stated at a news conference that: “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 didn’t point out what the object was, but accepted it was not a weapon. Davis stated investigators were reviewing the video and other video retrieved from the scene, which until now coincided with the officers’ statements.
Experts stated officers provided first aid on the scene and took the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Officers detailed him as an African American in his 30s. The man was named by some media as Alfred Olango, 30.
Davis advised residents to remain peaceful. “This will be transparent. ( we’ve heard that before ) This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours,” he mentioned of the investigation.
The shooting occurrence comes days after protests broke out in Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla., over the officer-involved shooting deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher, correspondingly, prompting folks at the scene and online to raise more questions about relations between U.S. law enforcement and african american communities.
Subsequent the occurrence, several folks gathered around officers guarding the scene of the shooting, with numerous chanting “black lives matter!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!”
Information of the officer-involved shooting quickly spread around social media Tuesday night, with many sharing a Facebook Live video by Rumbie Mubaiwa that did actually capture the aftermath. In it, a woman who states she is the man’s sister cries, telling officers she called them asking for help with her brother.
“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.”
As of early Wednesday, the video had been seen at least 34,000 times.
A woman working the drive-thru window at a restaurant nearby captured the conflict on video, the Associated Press reported, citing El Cajon Lt. Rob Ransweiler. The woman voluntarily turned her phone over to investigators and signed a consent form, Ransweiler stated. Authorities stated this was the only phone presented to officials, denying reports they confiscated more phones from civilians at the scene.
A new scheme by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office calls for that law enforcement release footage of officer-involved shootings, but it was not clear when that would transpire, AP stated, citing Ransweiler.
The police department is working on a system to have officers wear body cameras, he included, but NONE has been supplied.
What don’t people understand, it is very simple. Follow police instructions and they will live, come out acting a fool and waving guns or other objects at the police will be hazards to your health. No body who is threatened by deadly force is going to have the time to think of shooting the perp in the leg.
They are going for mass and to stop the threat!
I know it’s hard and believe it or not you don’t need very much education to understand simple orders. STOP means do not make a move. DROP YOUR WEAPON means drop the gun, knife, wallet or ANYTHING you have in your hands that can be mistaken for a weapon. PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR means put your empty hands in the air like you praying to God.
So let’s recap, if you follow instructions your chances of being shot is dramatically dropped from 100% all the way down to 0%.
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