A trigger-happy United States police officer on Tuesday killed 38-year-old Alfred Okwera Olango, a refugee from Uganda living in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego. The shooting happened after Olango’s sister called the police to help him as he was mentally unwell.
When police arrived on the scene, there was a standoff with mentally unwell Olango pulling out an e-cigarette and pointing it at the police. One police shot him with an electronic stun gun, which could have hopefully deescalated the situation, but a second officer pulled out his firearm and shot Olango several times. Olango dies on the spot.
The El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis is quoted having acknowledged that Olango had nothing that posed any threats to the officers. Davis goes further to elaborate Mr. Olango had a three inches (7.6cm) long silver e-cigarette in his hands.
A member of the Alliance San Diego civil rights group, Christopher Rice-Wilson, ask why one of the officers at the scene deemed it appropriate to use a non-lethal force on Olango. Yet, the second has to pull out his firearm and lethally shot multiple times on the …read more