News Update!!: El Cajon, CA: Videos release on fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango.
Surveillance video and cellular phone video of the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango was released by the El Cajon Police Department during a news conference held on Friday, September 30th, 2016.
(Warning!!: These video clips may be graphic and disturbing.)
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The fatal officer involved shooting happened just after 1:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 in the parking lot of Broadway Village Shopping Center located on the 800 block of Broadway in El Cajon, California.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, officers approached 38 year old Alfred Olango after his sister called authorities to ask for help because her brother was “not acting like himself.”
Alfred Olango was reported to be “acting erratically,” walking in and out of traffic, and did not follow orders to remove his hands from the pockets of his pants when approached by 2 law enforcement officers.
Alfred Olango was shot and killed by law enforcement officers after an object was drawn from the his pant pocket and pointed at the law enforcement officers.
Initially, the El Cajon Police Department didn’t give any details if the object Alfred Olango was holding and point was a gun or even released any information into what was that object.
But the day after the fatal officer involved shooting, the El Cajon Police Department said in a press release that the object Alfred Olango was holding and pointing was a “vape smoking device”.
The fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango launched days of protests by the community outrage over what they say was a killing of an unarmed an African American man and demand to see the videos law enforcement had obtain.
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During Friday’s news conference, El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the 2 videos were released due in part to a concern for public safety.
The 2 videos – a video was captured by a witness’s cellphone as she worked her shift at a nearby taco shop and another video came from a near by shop’s surveillance cameras – show 2 El Cajon Police Department Officers, identified as Richard Gonsalves and Josh McDaniel, approaching Alfred Olango.
Alfred Olango’s sister, wearing nurse’s scrubs, can also be seen near the El Cajon Police Department Officers in one of the videos.
Alfred Olango appears in the videos to move in the moment before the fatal officer involved shooting takes place.
Gunshots are heard in the cellphone video followed by a woman’s piercing scream.
According to the El Cajon Police Department, Alfred Olango pulled a 4-inch-long vaping device out of his pocket and held it in a “shooting stance.”
The El Cajon Police Department said that Josh McDaniel deployed a Taser while Richard Gonsalves fired multiple rounds from his gun at the man, critically striking him.
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During a news conference held on Thursday, September 29th, 2016, Pamela Benge, the mother of Alfred Olango, said Alfred Olango was not mentally ill but was having a breakdown over the death of a close friend.
“He did not do anything; he had no gun; he was not mental. My son is a good, loving young man. Only 38 years old; I wanted his future to be longer than that,” said Pamela Benge.
San Diego Attorney Dan Gilleon, who’s assisting the family of Alfred Olango while they decide on legal representation, echoed that, although the El Cajon Police Department responded to a report of Alfred Olango as an “erractic subject” during the deadly encounter with law enforcement officers, he was not suffering from mental illness.
“Alfred was not mentally ill. He was going through a mental emergency – a mental breakdown – because he had lost someone he loved dearly. We all go through a bad day,” said Dan Gilleon.
Pamela Benge gave a glimpse into her son’s life, saying that Alfred Olango loved to play soccer and deeply loved his family and daughter.
Pamela Benge said as refugees from Uganda, she came to America with her children seeking safety and a better life for them.
Coming from a place of war, Pamela Benge said she did not expect this ending for her son.
“We have come from a war zone. We wanted protection. I wanted a lovely, nice country like this to protect us,” said Pamela Benge.
Pamela Benge said the fatal officer involved shooting of her son has forced her to feel pain similar to what she felt in the midst of war in Uganda.
“There is nothing as painful. Pain, it is so much that you cannot swallow it but the pain overweighs you. It is so bitter,” said Pamela Benge well referring to the death of her son.
Pamela Benge thanked the community for their support.
Pamela Benge also begged for police shootings of unarmed black men across the nation to stop.
“Humanity is what we would pray for. Keep praying for my family. We need justice. This kind of thing needs to stop. Don’t wait until it’s your child. We are all one. Don’t kill,” said Pamela Benge.
Protests following the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango for the most part peaceful shortly after the incident, but days later, authorities say some protesters are taking advantage of the situation to cause trouble.
Reports of some protesters throwing bottles at law enforcement, stopping cars and broke windows as well as reports of a civilian being assaulted in the crowd and a freelance news photographer had his camera stolen amid the protest.
“These events marked a change in the protesters from peaceful to more aggressive behavior,” said El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis.
The protest have even gotten a bit dangerous when a protester was blocking a vehicle was almost ran over in front of other protesters in the street and was captured on camera, which was also streaming live online, by a local news crew.
During Thursday’s news conference, Pamela Benge said that those who plan to continue protesting in response to her son’s shooting should do so in a peaceful and non-violent manner.
“I’m always for peace, I don’t want war. If you have seen war, you will never, ever want to step near where there is war,” said Pamela Benge.
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is promising a thorough, transparent investigation into the fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango.
The fatal officer involved shooting of Alfred Olango case is being investigated by the El Cajon Police Department, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.