Protests rage in US after police shoots dead sick Ugandan


According to Mapping Violence, US police have killed at least 217 black people in 2016 [Earnie Grafton/Reuters]

Crowds gathered in the Californian city of El Cajon to protest against US police brutality after the killing of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, as the FBI joined an investigation into his death.

According to family and witnesses, police officers fired a taser and then several bullets at Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee, after his sister called the department for assistance because her sibling was acting strangely, and not like himself.

Candles and flowers were left on Wednesday at the shooting scene, near bloodstains on the pavement.

Dozens protested outside the police station, holding signs that read “No Killer Cops!” and chanting “No justice, no peace,” and “Black lives matter.”

Those protests, which were peaceful, continued until the early hours of Thursday.

Dan Gilleon, a lawyer for the family, said that Olango – described by his relatives as mentally ill – was distraught over the recent death of his best friend.

Olango was shot on Tuesday after two officers arrived at a parking lot next to a Mexican fast-food restaurant about 210pm local time, more than an hour after being called to the scene . The Ugandan-born refugee was shot about a minute later.

Police said that during those 60 seconds, Olango refused to comply with instructions to remove a hand from his pocket and paced back and forth before rapidly drawing an object from the pocket.  The item turned out to be an electronic cigarette device.

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