Police say man pulled an object from his pocket, pointed it at officers and assumed a shooting stance
Police in suburban San Diego have shot and killed an unarmed black man who they say pulled an object from his pocket, pointed it at officers and assumed a shooting stance.
One officer tried and failed to subdue the man, who was reportedly acting erratically, with a stun gun before a second officer fired several times, said the El Cajon police chief, Jeff Davis. Davis would not say what the object was, but said that it was not a weapon.
Family members and protesters have identified the man to local media as 30-year-old Alfred Olango, a refugee from Uganda.
Agnes Hassan, originally from Sudan, described Olango as well-educated but mentally ill. She said she spent time in a refugee camp with Olango and that both of them suffered getting to the US.
Before police announced the death, dozens of protesters gathered at the scene, with some claiming the man had been shot with his hands raised. Police disputed the claims and produced a frame from cellphone video recorded by a witness that appeared to show the man in a shooting stance as two officers approached with weapons drawn.
Protesters returned to police headquarters on Wednesday morning to demand the release of the cellphone video. Several dozen protesters then gathered on Broadway in downtown El Cajon, where they were met with police in riot gear holding batons. The protests then moved on to State Route 67, where demonstrators congregated under a freeway overpass, according to NBCs San Diego affiliate station.
The El Cajon protest was angry but peaceful. Several dozen people, most of them black, gathered and some cursed at officers guarding the scene. They chanted black lives matter! and hands up, dont shoot!