protests flared again Thursday night after a family attorney charged
that an unarmed black man was unjustly killed by San Diego police, and
that officials were trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a
single, favorable frame from video of the shooting.
in the day, Alfred Olango’s family gathered with lawyers and religious
leaders and urged people to continue demonstrating but implored them to
do it peacefully to honor his memory.
anguished mother said her son was a good, joyful man who suffered a
“mental breakdown” over the recent death of his best friend and needed
compassion when police encountered him. Pamela Benge said her family had
escaped strife-torn Uganda to come to the U.S. for safety and she asked
why police didn’t just shock her son with a stun gun or shoot him in
needed someone who was going to calm him down and then take care of the
situation,” she said, her voice thick with emotion and dark glasses
covering her eyes. “Not to come and just finish his life.”
sister had called police three times Tuesday to report that he was
sick, “not acting like himself,” and was walking in traffic. It took
officers more than an hour to respond. Once they arrived, the shooting
took place within about a minute.
Later, fewer but more violent protesters were in the streets for Thursday’s third night of demonstrations.
50 and 75 people marched through streets and blocked intersections
until police used pepper-spray balls to break them up. (AP)
Photos: (from top) REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon (3), REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker, El Cajon Police Department, Olango Family via AP