El Cajon police release videos of deadly shooting

- About 200 people gathered at a park in downtown El Cajon Saturday morning to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

Six religious leaders plan to address the crowd before marching through the streets to police headquarters.

The family of Alfred Olango is expected to join the rally there. The event comes a day after two videos of the shooting were released by authorities.

Cell phone video from a witness showed the exact moments 38-year-old Alfred Olango was shot and killed by an officer in El Cajon on Tuesday. 

The city’s police chief said he decided to release the video during a Friday news conference following three days of violent protest. 

“We came to this decision based on our collective concern for the public safety in the community,” Jeff David, El Cajon Police Chief, said. 

A second video from a drive through restaurant window was also released to show another perspective. 

In the video, Officer Richard Gonsalves, a 21-year-veteran of the force, approached Olango, while a second officer arrived to help. 

Police said Olango took a shooting stance and pointed a vape inhaler at Officer Gonzalves before he was shot. 

“This is the actual item of evidence pointed towards the camera with the dimensions,” David said. 

He also released several more images of the vaping device investigators believe Olango was holding and showed an example of a similar item. 

In the witnesses video Officer Gonzalez ducks down when Olango allegedly points the inhaler. 

Olango’s sister, who called police, said she told dispatchers her brother was unarmed and had a mental disability. 

His mother later clarified saying her son was distraught over a friends death. 

Hundreds of protestors have demonstrated on the streets of El Cajon following Tuesday’s shooting. 

Thursday night, those protests turned violent when the crowd attacked police with rocks, bottles and bricks.

Five people were arrested, including one arrest for deadly assault on a police officer. 

“We want to move forward in peace,” community leader, Gerald Brown, said. “It’s ok to protest, but we want folks to protest in peace.”

The police department hopes the releasing of these videos will help bring that peace. 

Olango’s family called for the release of the video, but the chief said they declined to view it before the news conference.

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