Another week, another post, and another death. Here I am once again writing with a heavy heart because another unarmed Black man has been murdered by the police. Alfred Olango was murdered by the El Cajon Police on Tuesday, September 27th. The police were called by his own sister, who wanted their assistance because he was acting erratically and walking into traffic. Olango's sister explained during the call that her brother was mentally ill and was unarmed.
El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis said Tuesday night that police were on the scene because the man's sister had called 911, reporting that her brother was "not acting like himself," Andrew Bowen of member station KPBS reports. After police arrived on the scene, Davis said, the man drew an "object" from his pocket, "placed both hands together on it and extended it rapidly toward the officer, taking what appeared to be a shooting stance." One officer on the scene discharged a Taser. Another officer — the one who "had the object pointed at him," Davis says — "simultaneously" fired a gun, shooting the man several times. Police have not said what the object was, but they have confirmed it was not a weapon. A bystander began streaming video on Facebook Live in the aftermath of the shooting, recording a distraught woman saying she was the one who called 911 seeking help for her mentally ill brother. "I just called for help, and you came and killed him," she said. "Oh my God, you killed my brother. I called these people three times to help him. "He's sick, he needs help," she said through tears. "I told you guys he's sick. You guys came and killed my brother." (NPR.org)
All this is becoming so repetitive. Time and time again, police are escalating the situation instead of assessing the situation. How is one officer firing a taser and the other multipole bullets. Why does one officer have more training for dealing with the mentally ill than the other? We can't live in a society where we can't call upon the ones that are sworn to protect and serve and then we end up dead. Who are we supposed to call for help?
Another life lost. Another Father taken from his Children. Another Brother gone. Another Black Man murdered for no reason.