Authorities Release Video Of Man Killed In Police Shooting In El Cajon

EL CAJON (CBSLA.com/AP) — Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands to chest level and took what was described as a shooting stance.

The video was released after three nights of unruly and, at times, violent protests, and on the eve of a large demonstration called for by the man’s family, who had pressured authorities in El Cajon to show the full footage of the fatal encounter.

In addition to releasing the short cellphone video shot by a worker in a drive-thru window at a Mexican restaurant, authorities also released surveillance footage shot from a similar vantage point. Alfred Olango’s family members live in apartments behind the restaurant, and his sister reportedly is the woman shown in the video.

The surveillance video showed Officer Richard Gonsalves with his weapon drawn approaching Olango, who moves side to side and backs up toward a white pickup. The heads of both men are blurred in the video.

 

A second officer who appears in the final seconds of the video fired a stun gun simultaneously.

Police Chief Jeff Davis said the decision to release the video came out of a concern for public safety after demonstrations had become increasingly violent.

On Thursday night, a small group of protesters threw rocks, bottles and bricks at police, and one officer was stuck in the head. Protesters continued to gather at the restaurant Friday night, but they were mostly peaceful.

Olango, 38, a Ugandan refugee who arrived in the U.S. as a boy, was fatally shot Tuesday by an El Cajon officer responding to dispatches about a mentally unstable man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.

Police said Olango had not obeyed an order to remove a hand from his pants pocket and was fatally shot after he quickly drew an object from the pocket and pointed it at an officer in a “shooting stance,” police said. The object was an e-cigarette device.

Police initially released just a single frame from a bystander’s video that showed his hands together outstretched at chest level and aiming an object at Gonsalves, who shot four times.

Olango’s family and demonstrators demanded to see the full video, saying the single frame was selectively misleading to support the police version of events.

The family declined to see the videos before a news conference, according to the chief who said he did not know why.

The decision to release the witness video and footage from a security camera was welcomed by their lawyer.

“It’s about time,” attorney Dan Gilleon said.

Andre Branch, head of the San Diego NAACP, also applauded the release.

Branch says full disclosure to the public builds trust and demonstrates respect.

He spoke shortly before the videos were shown.

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  1. Wobb Les says:

    What’s the point spending millions on cameras if the savages still are going to riot, loot, and burn no matter what the cameras show? The money would better be spent on ammunition to use on rioters…

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      Riiiiight, and the new body cams on the whiny overpaid incompetent pu$Sy cops stop them from being “in fear” of anything that casts a shadow.

      1. nullhogarth says:

        KELVIN THE PUS$Y DUMBFCK, hey lovelips, thanks for the b’hole licking, you were wonderful as always. I see you’re back hijacking GROWAPAIR’s screen name and posts as usual. LOL. You sound a lot like him too, if he had his daddy’s ballz up his b’hole. When you’re done hijacking names my b’hole will be ready for your tongue again, my little buddy b’yatch

      2. GROWAPAIR says:

        oh $h!t you caught me being a puS$y dumbfck,again. well bend over and get ready for an B’HOLE licking,lol bad boy

      3. MIKE says:

        You want to know another thing about Transgender people. Well, you pu$sies think I need so much protection when I already get paid more licking buttlips than what most of you’ll ever see with or without these people. Jail is punishment, but constitutionally it can’t be “cruel or unusual,” so every time you brain dead pu$sies give in and vote for more tough on crime laws check the “ferry dust” coming from my butt. Transgender is not sexual deviance, know your terms, dumba-$ses.

        I’m MIKE, the Original Internet BIPOLAR PU$SY BlTCH, I get b1tch slapped by GROWAPAIR so I lick NULLHOGARH’s BUTTH0LE and jack off screen names

  2. Why are the police continually escalating these marginal contacts? Are there no Crisis Intervention Teams? Why not?

  3. GROWAPAIR says:

    Kelly Thomas whiny overpaid incompetence pu$Sy parents were told Kelly was a b’yatch, asshat afraid of anything that throws a shadow. The only bigger chickenshhit PU$SY BlTCH is KELVIN THE PU$SY DUMBFUK and everyone knows who that is. My bet is that these “innocent” asshat parents cost the Fullerton taxpayers $7.5 mil..

    1. nullhogarth says:

      Yeah, you’re PU$SY MIKE the INTERNET BlTCH . You don’t like woods or south siders. You were picked up for criminal threats, and got a beat down in the process. Robert Hale got you a plea deal. They segregate “gays” and you learned about Allah in there. They also gave you free meds. Go for it. Be careful, or you’ll hijack screen names and lick nuts, like you did to nobama, America, and everyone else you hate and who b1tch slapped you.

      1. MIKE says:

        You want to know another thing about Transgender people. Well, you pu$sies think I need so much protection when I already get paid more licking buttlips than what most of you’ll ever see with or without these people. Jail is punishment, but constitutionally it can’t be “cruel or unusual,” so every time you brain dead pu$sies give in and vote for more tough on crime laws check the “ferry dust” coming from my butt. Transgender is not sexual deviance, know your terms, dumba-$ses.

        I’m MIKE, the Original Internet BIPOLAR PU$SY BlTCH, I get b1tch slapped by GROWAPAIR so I lick BUTTH0LES and jack off screen names

  4. GROWAPAIR says:

    ZumaMom, if you can get your head out of your butt maybe you can guess the color of this worthless LOSER.

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      DlCKLESS MIKE if your daddy took its balls out of your ass you’d be NUTLESS too, PU$SY DUMBFUK.

      1. MIKE says:

        Well, “Gonsalves” sounds like a dirty Me-Hee-Can to me

      2. ZumaMom says:

        I agree

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