Police in San Diego shot and killed a mentally ill, unarmed black man after his sister called the department for assistance.
El Cajon police shot and killed Alfred Olango, and witnesses say he was unarmed. Police were called by Olango’s sister, who said that he was acting strangely and not himself. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was filmed by a bystander who posted the clip live to Facebook. That video has been viewed almost 40,000 times.
“Why couldn’t you tase him? I told you he is sick. And you guys shot him!” Olango’s sister screams in the video. “I called police to help him, not to kill him.”
According to CBS8 “several witnesses alleged that the officers were unduly quick to open fire and suggested that their actions had been influenced by the fact that they were dealing with a black man, one they described as mentally challenged”.
“One man angrily told reporters at the news conference that the victim was suffering a seizure prior to the shooting, and another described seeing him with his hands raised at the moment the shots sounded,” CBS8 said.
Olango is the 217th black person to be killed by police this year.