Sister of San Diego Police Shooting Victim: 'I Called Police to Help Him, Not Kill Him' (VIDEO)
In San Diego, California, a mentally ill, unarmed black man named Alfred Olango, 30, died late Tuesday night at the hands of a police officer. Before his tragic death, the victim's sister said she had contacted the police department several times for assistance. She said he was "not acting like himself."
According to the El Cajon police, Olango failed to comply with their instructions.
"When officers got [to Broadway near Mollison Avenue shortly after 2pm], the man refused to follow their orders, spurring a confrontation that led to at least one officer opening fire outside the apartment building adjacent to the strip mall," the San Diego Tribune reported.
Michael Ray Rodriguez was one of the witnesses. He claims multiple shots were abruptly fired outside the apartment building.
“[The officer] let go of the trigger and shot him again and again,” Rodriguez told the Tribune.
"The officers tried to talk to [Olango]. At one point [he] rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together on it and extended it rapidly towards the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance, putting the object in the officer's face," Jeff Davis, chief of police, said of the incident in a press conference Tuesday.
Davis admitted the man was not armed.
While the officers have recently ordered body cameras, they are currently not equipped with them.
The horrifying incident was livestreamed to Facebook by one bystander. "Why couldn't you tase him? I told you he is sick. And you guys shot him!" Olango's sister tells officers in the video. "I called police to help him, not to kill him."