El Cajon, Calif., police released this screenshot of a cellphone video they said showed the shooting Tuesday afternoon. Investigators disclosed the full video Friday.
(El Cajon Police Department handout)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016, 6:04 PM
The fatal San Diego-area police shooting of an unarmed man could be seen in cell phone and surveillance video released Friday.
Police had shared a screenshot they said showed Alfred Olango pointing an unidentified object later found to be a vaping device at an officer before another one fatally shot him Tuesday afternoon in El Cajon, Calif.
Yet protests have followed the death of the former refugee from Uganda, which happened the week after other high-profile police shootings of black men. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office made the video public after demands to do so by Olango’s family and others.
“This is as difficult situation as a law enforcement officer will encounter,” said El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis. “For the sake of the well being of the community, the decision was made to release this video and distribute copies to the media.”
A group of 75 protesters tossed bottles, bricks and rocks at police officers in riot gear Thursday night. The protesters blocked traffic and broke windows of passing cars near the suburban strip mall parking lot where the officer shot Olango, according to El Cajon police.
Police cleared the crowd with pepper spray, but some out of the violent group beat and robbed a photographer from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The National Action Network planned a unity rally Saturday and a “National Day of Justice” in El Cajon, the newspaper reported.
Olango’s mother had called for only peaceful protests at a news conference Thursday. She rejected earlier reports that Olango, 38, suffered from mental illness, saying he had an emotional breakdown Tuesday afternoon over the recent death of a close friend.
Olango’s mother, Pamela Benge, and Dan Gilleon, a lawyer working with the family, said Thursday that investigators should release more than the single screenshot.
“They’re cherry-picking part of the video,” Gilleon said “This is exactly what police have said is unfair when only portions of video are released against them.”
Alfred Olango, 38, died at a hospital after one officer shot him and another fired his stun gun at him outside a suburban strip mall.
El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells told KGTV he knows the failure to immediately release the video fueled protesters’ suspicions that Olango had his hands raised.
“I’ve seen the video,” Wells said on Wednesday. “I think that once the video is released people are going to be very understanding of what’s happening. I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of shock or new revelation.”
Yet a local school district ended classes early and a business organization recommended that all shops and restaurants close early, according to KNBC-TV. The Downtown El Cajon Business Partners advised retailers in the area to stay shuttered until Sunday.
“It’s my hope that nothing happens, but we all need to exercise an abundance of caution,” the organization’s president, Daryl Priest, said in a statement.
This story will be updated.