El Cajon police have released video of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, an unarmed Black man who was killed by law enforcement on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb. It was reported that Olango, 38, suffered from mental health issues, which may have been exacerbated by the death of his best friend.
According to USA Today, authorities said they released the footage for “the sake of the well-being of the community” given that “the aggression of some of the protesters was escalating to the point where it was necessary, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said in a press conference on Friday.
The two videos released were relatively short, USA Today noted. The first, lasted 1:37 and was shot from the drive through of a fast food taco restaurant, showed Olango backing away from Police Officer Richard Gonzalves and then moving to the side before the video goes black.
The second video lasting 20 seconds and shot from a cell phone at the same restaurant, shows Olango backing away from Gonzalves before four gunshots popped off, with someone, believed to be Olango’s sister, screaming in the background “Don’t shoot him.”
As we previously reported, Olango’s sister called police three times to ask for help for her brother who appeared to be having an episode in a California strip mall. After arriving to the scene, police opened fire on the man who they say acted “erratically” and failed to comply with their orders and kept his hands concealed in his pockets while walking back and forth. According to authorities, a second responding officer prepared to deploy a taser when Olango reached inside his pants and “rapidly drew an object,” holding it like a firearm in a shooting stance.
The object was nothing more than a silver vape pen.
“There is nothing as painful. It is so much that you cannot swallow it. You try to swallow it, but the pain overweighs you. It is so bitter,” Olango’s mother said in a press conference on Thursday about her son’s death, according to the Associate Press.
Hundreds gathered in the San Diego suburb for a peaceful rally on Saturday to honor Olango’s life.