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Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Ugandan refugee shot dead in California
Alfred Olango a Ugandan refugee was gunned down after he pulled out an object from his pocket and pointed it in 'shooting stance'...Police gave no details about the object he was holding but acknowledged that it was not a weapon.
Dozens of demonstrators have taken to the streets of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, to protest at the killing of Alfred Olango.
Mr Olango, who was reportedly in his 30s, was killed on Tuesday after officers responded to a call from his sister who said that he was mentally ill and needed help. El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis said Mr Olango died after one officer fired an electronic stun gun and another officer simultaneously fired his firearm several times.
Christopher Rice-Wilson of the civil rights group Alliance San Diego questioned why one of the officers felt non-lethal force was appropriate while the other did not.
In El Cajon on Wednesday, protestors blocked streets. Outside the police station they chanted "murder, murder". One banner read "no killer cops".
"That could be my little brother," campaigner Mallory Webb told the crowd.
"I don't know what to do," she added. "I'm scared to walk the streets every single day."
Agnes Hassan said she knew Mr Olango, whom she described as well-educated but mentally ill. Ms Hassan said she had spent time with him in a refugee camp en route to the United States.