Tuesday night, Alfred Olango became the 217th black person killed by a police officer this year. The killing occurred in San Diego, when cops received a call from Olango’s sister, over his erratic behavior. Olango’s sister said she just wanted cops to help, because her brother also suffered from mental issues.
But that’s not what happened when cops arrived.
The aftermath of Olango’s killing was caught on Facebook Live, and authorities have named Officer Richard Gonsalves as the cop who killed Olango. El Cajon police say that they thought Olango was reaching for something, but it turns out Olango had only had a vape pen.
At the news conference Wednesday morning, Agnes Hassan, a relative, said she and Olango were in a refugee camp together before they came to the U.S. to make a better life for themselves and their children.
“We suffered too much with the war in Africa … we come here, to suffer again,” she said.
Hassan said she was heartbroken.
“What happened yesterday, it wasn’t right,” she said.
El Cajon police officers are not equipped with body-worn cameras.