Police shot and killed a mentally ill black man in San Diego late last month. According to The Guardian, the man, whose name is Mr. Alfred Olango, is believed to be a 38-year-old immigrant from Uganda.The San Diego police say that they shot at the man after they saw him pointing a device towards them. The police had responded to a call from the deceased man’s sister, who had asked them to help her restrain him because he had been behaving strangely. The alleged device that had been pointed at the police was later discovered to be an electronic smoking device.
The San Diego police brutality lawyer defended the police saying that Mr. Olango had refused to remove his hands from his pockets, and when he did, he was holding something that looked like a weapon. After the police saw that he was holding something, they shot him as they feared for their lives.
While some people have disapproved of the police actions, the San Diego police brutality lawyer argues that it was normal for the police to feel threatened by what Mr. Olango was holding.
Vice News, a local news agency, reported that they had information that Olango had been suffering from depression after he lost a close friend. This is why the sister had requested for police help who, on arrival, mistakenly shot him.
According to Al Jazeera English news, police brutality towards black people has rapidly increased. The news agency uploaded a video of the shooting attracting more than 40,000 views on YouTube. The shooting led to mass protests in various parts of San Diego.
The chief of police said that there will be transparent investigations to determine what really happened to Olango. He said that as soon as all the evidence is assessed, they would act on the results of their investigation.
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