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."

Watch:

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.