On Tuesday night, a mentally ill man’s sister called police asking for assistance when he began acting strangely. Rather than taking the time to asses the situation, a police officer opened fire on the unarmed Ugandan – firing five shots that would kill him, and leave his family asking why.
Alfred Olango was a craftsman who fled police persecution in Uganda. Olango was fatally shot after police saw what they thought was a gun. What Olango was actually reaching for was a vape pen.
Police from California’s ElCajon suburb released a statement regarding the shooting saying,
“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… 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.”
To understand more about the incident, we have to look at what happened before the deadly shots were fired. Tucson.com said Olango “was distraught over the recent death of his best friend and was having an emotional breakdown.” The newspaper also reported that Olango had “brushes with the law”.
Although Olango’s past has come in to question, police found no weapons on the scene. Now, the families lawyers are asking law enforcement to release the full video to the public. Until then, a 25 minute Eye-Witness livestream has been spreading across FaceBook.