Video of fatal El Cajon police shooting to be released at 2 p.m
EL CAJON, Calif. – Cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Alfred Olango will be released to the public at 2 p.m. Friday, the El Cajon Police Department announced.
Olango was shot to death in a strip mall parking lot on Tuesday. The killing sparked a series of protests in the eastern suburb of San Diego.
El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will release copies of the only known video of the fatal confrontation between Olango and two El Cajon police officers at a 2 p.m. news conference at police department headquarters, according to a posting on the city’s website.
Dan Gilleon, the attorney for Olango’s family, said that authorities contacted him Friday morning offering to show the video to family members before it was released to the public. Gilleon said that the family was unable to arrange a viewing on such short notice.
The events that led to the fatal confrontation began when officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a pedestrian behaving erratically and walking in traffic in a commercial district a few blocks north of El Cajon Valley High School.
Patrol personnel contacted Olango and moments later, one of the responding officers fired his service weapon while the other deployed an electronic stun gun. According to news reports, it took officers 50 minutes to respond to the initial call.
The shooting sparked widespread protests on the streets of the East County city, with demonstrators insisting that Olango died at the hands of police because he was black.
On Thursday night, a demonstration at the site of the fatal encounter near the intersection of Interstate 8 and state Route 67 turned violent as protesters stopped vehicles, broke car windows and knocked a motorcycle rider to the ground.
Officers from a multi-agency platoon arrested two men on suspicion of participating in an unlawful assembly and used pepper balls to disperse a crowd of 50 to 75 people, some of whom threw glass bottles at officers.
This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.