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Police in El Cajon Simultaneously Tase and Shoot Man Who Was Acting 'Erratically'

Sister called police on her brother

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via El Cajon PD

The sister of a man in El Cajon, California, called police on her brother, who was acting "erratically" and who police say was walking in traffic, endangering himself and others, and eventually he was tased by one officer at the same time as being shot by another after pulling his hands out of his pocket and, according to police, appearing to place them together and point them at a cop as if he had a gun. The man died in hospital.

Police said in a statement released to multiple news outlets including Reason that the man did not comply with orders from an officer to take his hands out of his pockets when they arrived, so the officer drew his firearm and pointed it at the man. A second responding officer arrived, according to the statement, and "immediately prepared to deploy a less lethal electronic control device while the other officer covered."

Multiple witnesses told NBC 7 that the man, Alfred Olango, had his hands up when he was shot, but police released a frame from a video of the shooting showing the man holding his hands together and pointing them at an officer who had his weapon pointed at him (picture on the right). It appears police were aware they were responding to a call about a mentally disturbed man, but did not arrive with the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team. Witnesses also said Olango was unarmed.

One witness who worked at a nearby restaurant also told NBC 7 that police confiscated phones from her co-workers, but police say they are in possession of just one cellphone, and that the owner of the phone gave it to them voluntarily after telling them it contained footage of the shooting. The witness also claimed police told them not to talk to anyone.

Olango's sister is seen on another video crying. "Why couldn't you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why?" she asked officers on the scene. "I called so many times to help him."

Police say the two officers are administrative leave, which is standard procedure after "critical incidents," and that "a complete and thorough investigation will be completed." Police also called in the district attorney's office to investigate.

The city purchased body cameras in May but police chief says he hopes the cameras will be deployed by next year.

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  1. I bet that felt great.

    1. They may be a little down that he didn’t have a dog.

  2. It’s called The Shaze: simultaneously shoot and taze.

    Basically it allows the Brave Heroes to arrive safely at home sooner.

    1. The only downside is that they don’t get to watch the worm wiggle around before stomping on it.

    2. Can Switzy fire the shaze while narrowing the gaze?

    3. Can Switzy fire the Shaze while narrowing the gaze?

      1. Squirrels shazed you.

    4. The Toot is more appropriate.

      1. That’s reserved for when they touch you with their boot.

    5. DON’T SHAZE ME BRO!!

  3. “Sister called police on her brother”

    Learning is no longer a thing in Murika.

    1. Now if we find out the sister took out insurance on her brother some time before ……

      Or it could just be the classic selection effect at work.

  4. “the man did not comply with orders from an officer to take his hands out of his pockets”

    Well, it appears he had a good reason for that, since when he did comply it didn’t turn out so well for him.

  5. The man died in hospital.

    Oh, izzat so, guv’na? I say, perhaps when yer get ‘ome to the flat, yer can take the lift up to the second storey and watch a spot of telly before it’s off to bed with yer!

  6. Olango’s sister is seen on another video crying. “Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why?” she asked officers on the scene. “I called so many times to help him.”

    Stop whining, bitch, you got tired of dealing with your crazy brother so you called the cops to come kill him. Don’t even try to pretend you didn’t know exactly what was going to happen.

    1. I believe that she’s really that dumb.

  7. The real tragedy is that the officers on scene didn’t have access to an APC to just run him over with. This is what the War on Cops looks like people!

    1. Wouldn’t they still have to shoot him afterwards, just to make sure he’s no longer a threat?

      1. Not necessarily, they could just beat him to a pulp with their batons/Maglites.

        1. This is the preferred option, that way he dies from lack of oxygen to the brain, totally not on the cops.

          1. Appropriate

            http://www.theonion.com/articl…..bing-s-739

  8. Olango’s sister is seen on another video crying. “Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why?” she asked officers on the scene. “I called so many times to help him.”

    This is also why I kind of empathize with police officers, because she kept asking for their help, and they provided it in apparently the only way they know how, which is to protect themselves first and others last.

    1. which is to protect themselves first and others last.

      When did “others” even make the list?

  9. he was tased by one officer at the same time as being shot another

    Man, that is just reckless. Came this close to being jinxed.

  10. As I said in the thread yesterday, the object in the victim’s hands need not look like a gun.

    1. With the widespread low quality of police recruits, it would be unreasonable to demand that they even check to see if the victim has hands.

      1. Police recruits aren’t low-quality. It’s just that the quality they look for is shoot-first-ask-questions-later.

        1. It’s true. I was using a non-sociopath standard of quality. Our gubment betters who hire these guys have a different set of preferences

  11. The loud noise from one weapon startled the other’s user.

  12. Olango’s sister is seen on another video crying. “Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why?” she asked officers on the scene. “I called so many times to help him.”

    Well, another citizen educated.

  13. “The city purchased body cameras in May but police chief says he hopes the cameras will be deployed by next year.”

    How many cops does it take to voluntarily screw on a body camera? None because they all have to do it by force despite being the felching dogs that are always spouting, “if you have nothing to hide,” will fight it tooth and nail. And turn it off as needed to hide malfeasance.

    If it just saves one life El Cajon hopes they can get it accomplished in 7 months. Can’t those cop unions move any faster to approve it to protect their officers from false accusations?

    1. If body cams actually protected officers from false accusations, the unions would have been tripping over themselves to have them implemented, and they’d be running 24×7.

    2. I love that it takes nearly a year to “deploy” body cameras.

      Pass them out, explain how they work, explain department policy as relevant to their use on the street, answer questions – maybe an hour, total, on the high side.

      But nope, our highly trained and professional Heroes in Blue take nearly a year to do something that the private sector might spend a week on.

      1. But ever since RadioShak went out of business they don’t know where to get AA batteries for them.

  14. Oh, wait. My bad. They are protecting…. their officers for 7 months. That is all that matters. Mission accomplished.

  15. Incompetent violence perpetrated by police in El Cajon? NO WAY!!!

  16. Why do people become cops if they are so scared?

  17. In six months the officer who recklessly used his tazer will be fired for endangering the lives of his fellow officers…. Investigation complete and closed.

  18. Both of the suspect’s hands are clearly visible. What is also clearly visible is that he had no weapon in them.

    Bad shoot. Prosecute the killer. This one isn’t even hard.

    And yes, technically, he had both hands up. They were together, but they were up. Not above his head, but I’m not aware that “up” requires that they be straight up in the air.

  19. Olango’s sister is seen on another video crying. “Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why, why, why, why?”

    Geez lady. We *did* tase him. What more did you want?

  20. The simultaneous shoot/taze is becoming more common, it seems. Same thing happened to Terence Crutcher in Tulsa.

  21. The latest fad in police training is the “Warrior Cop” seminars being taught around the country. They all have one element in common –a drumbeat of DON’T HESITATE. If you can legally shot, you MUST shoot or YOU will die. No judgment, just fast shooting.
    You ought to sneak a reporter into one of these private seminars and learn how far away Cop training is from what the public expects. As so many Chiefs have lamented” Legal but awful” is exactly what these officers are being taught to do.
    The police shooter in Falcon Heights, Minnesota had attended three (3) of these “shoot first” academies in the two (2) years before he shot a man to death.

  22. Don’t ever call the police on a relative or friend, unless you are prepared to see them shot or locked up for a long time.

    Better yet, just don’t ever call the police, period.

  23. Fuck the police and all, but the picture (admittedly hand selected by the police) makes it look like he is in a stance ready to shoot. If I was armed, and facing a crazy guy who assumed that stance, I’d be real tempted to shoot.

    The problem here isn’t the shooting, but everything that led up to it. Police should have done a better job of neutralizing the situation and not being in the situation that made shooting an unarmed person seem like the right thing to do.

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