Alfred Olango (1986?-2016), a cook at Hooters, fled to the US from Gulu, Uganda, where Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army used to spread terror – only to be shot dead by US police in the parking lot of a suburban shopping centre. That was yesterday, September 27th 2016, in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego. He was unarmed.
At about one in the afternoon, he was not acting like himself. He was apparently walking in traffic. His sister called police:
“I called three times for them to come help me. Nobody came; they said it’s not priority.”
After 50 minutes they arrive. She tells them he is unarmed. They gun him down in front of her.
She was screaming:
“I called for help, I didn’t call for you guys to kill him! Oh my God, you killed my brother!”
“Why couldn’t you guys Tase him? Why, why, why, why? Why couldn’t you Tase him? I told them he’s sick.”
When police get a call like his sister’s, a 5150, the policy is to bring the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) to prevent just this sort of thing. They did not.
The police, instead, by their own account, gave him commands. When he failed to follow those commands, they drew their guns on him. When he in turn drew an “object” on them – they fired. They recovered the “object”. They say it was not a gun, but will not say what it was. Why not?
Seizure: More than one witness said he was having a seizure. The police say they saw no sign of that. Instead they called his behaviour “erratic”. Even now, the police are not sure whether Olango was having a mental health crisis of some kind.
Video: The El Cajon police do not wear body cameras. The ACLU received reports that after the shooting the police took people’s mobile phones, which is against the law. The police deny that and say they have only one mobile phone, given to them willingly. Either way, they are apparently now in possession of all video of the shooting. They say the video backs their story, yet will make public only one still picture from it, one that fits their story:
Eyewitnesses give a different account. For example:
“I see a man, I see a black man surrounded by officers with their guns out … black man with his hands up … he’s jerking, he’s confused, he runs this way. As soon as he runs this way, they discharge boom, boom, boom … five shots.”
One witness said the police did not even give any orders:
“I didn’t hear any command ‘Halt,’ ‘Stop’ or ‘I’ll shoot,’ I didn’t hear any command or yelling. I didn’t hear the man say anything. Next thing I see, ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow’ – five shots.”
Protests followed at the scene of the crime, later outside the police department and again this morning (pictured below).
The killer cop has not been named or arrested.
– Abagond, 2016.
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- The list of unarmed Black Americans killed by police in 2016
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- Kony 2012