Man killed by of­fi­cer pointed va­p­ing de­vice

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

For a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night, pro­test­ers gath­ered Wed­nes­day in El Ca­jon, Cal­i­for­nia, hold­ing signs and de­mand­ing ac­count­abil­ity fol­low­ing an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing of an un­armed black man.

Al­fred Ok­w­era Olango, 38, pulled a vape smok­ing de­vice from his pocket and pointed it at po­lice be­fore one of­fi­cer fa­tally shot him and an­other dis­charged a Taser, El Ca­jon Po­lice said.

His death set off demon­stra­tions in the San Diego sub­urb as ac­tivists de­manded that au­thor­i­ties re­lease video of the shoot­ing. They also want a fed­eral probe into Olango’s death.

Some pro­test­ers threw water bot­tles at po­lice while oth­ers gath­ered in the street and park­ing lot where the shoot­ing hap­pened. Many held signs say­ing “black lives mat­ter” as po­lice wear­ing hel­mets with shields looked on.

Po­lice have re­leased lit­tle in­for­ma­tion ex­cept for a still pho­to­graph show­ing Olango in what au­thor­i­ties de­scribed as a “shoot­ing stance,” fac­ing off with the two of­fi­cers in a park­ing lot.

By Wed­nes­day evening, po­lice iden­ti­fied the ob­ject as a the va­p­ing de­vice. The iden­tity of one of the of­fi­cers was re­vealed as Richard Gon­salves, a 21-year vet­eran of the force.

In a news con­fer­ence, Mayor Bill Wells did not iden­tify the sec­ond of­fi­cer, ex­cept to say he was also a 21-year vet­eran of the force.

Wells said he un­der­stood the frus­tra­tion of demon­stra­tors, who blocked a free­way exit for a pe­riod of time on Wed­nes­day.

The protests were “an­gry and loud” but peace­ful, he said.

“It’s their First Amend­ment right,” he said. “I un­der­stand that they don’t feel heard. I un­der­stand that they’re want­ing more in­for­ma­tion.”

Wells said he had seen the video and that it pained him. But he called for pa­tience as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion runs its course.

“I saw a man who was dis­traught, a man who was acting in ways that looked like he was in great pain, and I saw him get gunned down and killed and it broke my heart,” he said. “If it was my son, I would be dev­as­tated.”

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, El Ca­jon Po­lice re­sponded to a 911 call re­port­ing an black man in his 30s who was be­hav­ing “er­rat­i­cally” be­hind a restau­rant at the Broad­way Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter, Lt. Rob Ran­sweiler said.

Ac­cord­ing to the call, the man was “not acting like him­self” and had been walk­ing in traf­fic, en­dan­ger­ing him­self and mo­torists, Po­lice Chief Jeff Davis said.

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