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Protests after unarmed Ugandan shot dead by US police
Published on 29-09-2016 - at 02:04' by Daily Monitor

The victim, identified as Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, 30, was shot on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon after police received an emergency call about a man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.

Protesters marched on Wednesday in a California town following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man said to be mentally ill, as local officials urged calm and pledged a full investigation.

The victim, identified as Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, 30, was shot on Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon after police received an emergency call about a man behaving erratically and walking in traffic.

El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis said Olango had ignored repeated calls by responding officers to remove his hand from his pocket and one officer used a Taser against him while another fired his weapon when he turned and confronted them.

"At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," Davis said in a statement. "At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon.

"Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject."

The shooting took place as the United States reels from a string of police killings of black men that have raised racial tensions nationwide.

Dozens of angry demonstrators marched peacefully on Wednesday in El Cajon, a town with a large immigrant and refugee population, at one point blocking an intersection as they faced off with police in riot gear.

"These senseless killings have to stop — not just in El Cajon but in the entire country," community activist Estela De Los Rios said.

A man claiming to be Alfred Olango’s cousin shouts at police during a rally in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California on September 28, 2016, in response to the police shooting of Olango the night before. AFP photo

More than 100 people had gathered Tuesday evening at the scene of the shooting insisting that it was unjustified and racially motivated. Several shouted "black lives matter" and "hands up, don’t shoot."

- Police urge calm -Local officials have urged residents to remain calm, pledging that the incident would be fully investigated by police, the district attorney and the FBI.

"This will be transparent. This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours," Davis vowed at a news conference.

Police have also released a still photo lifted from a video taken at the scene that shows a man in a shooting stance.

Authorities did not identify what Olango was holding in his hands as he was shot but acknowledged it was not a weapon.

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Alfred Olongo was reportedly holding an ’electronic cigarette device’ when he was shot dead.

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