The fatal police shootings of African-American men seem endless at this point.
According to NPR, police arrived to the scene in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon on Tuesday afternoon. Police had been called by the victim, Alfred Olango’s, sister, who said he was “not acting like himself.”
El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis said that once police confronted Alfred, he took an “object” out of his pocket and “placed both hands together on it and extended it rapidly toward the officer, taking what appeared to be a shooting stance.”
One officer fired a Taser at Alfred, while another shot him several times.
It is unclear what object Alfred was holding, but police have since confirmed that it was not a weapon.
Alfred’s sister was distraught and cried to police that she only called them to help with her mentally ill brother.
“I just called for help, and you came and killed him,” she said. “Oh my God, you killed my brother. I called these people three times to help him.”
“He’s sick, he needs help,” she cried. “I told you guys he’s sick. You guys came and killed my brother.”
Like the fatal shootings in both Charlotte and Tulsa, Alfred’s killing prompted Black Lives Matter protests to breakout near the scene of the crime. The Associated Press referred to these protests as “angry but peaceful.”
In some of these shootings, the police officers’ body cameras can help prove their wrongdoings. Unfortunately, El Cajon police do not wear them.
Luckily, a witness to the shooting recording a video on their cell phone.
“Police do have a cellphone video of the incident, as well as footage from nearby cameras, but they say they’re not making the videos public until they’re no longer considered evidence in the investigation,” Andrew Bowen of KPBS said.
Hopefully, this cell phone video can bring the officer to justice for this tragic killing.