Protests have erupted in El Cajon, California, after police shot and killed an unidentified black man there Tuesday afternoon.
The El Cajon Police Department said they received a 911 call from the man’s sister, saying her brother was “not acting like himself,” police said in a press release Tuesday. He was walking in traffic, endangering himself and motorists. Two officers located the man, who was described as an African American in his 30s, behind a local restaurant in the city, some 16 miles northeast of San Diego.
The man refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, which caused one officer to draw his firearm, police said. The man continued to ignore further commands and paced back and forth while officers tried talking to him, according to police.
At one point, the man “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,” police said. That’s when one officer deployed his Taser while another simultaneously shot his firearm several times, striking the man, according to police. The officer who shot the man has not yet been identified.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
The aftermath of the shooting was recorded via Facebook Live. In the video, which lasts for more than 25 minutes, an unidentified woman who claims to be a witness is seen speaking with police about what she says saw.
“When he took his hand out, he did have something in his hand, but it was no gun. And that’s when they shot him,” she told the officers.
The Facebook Live video also shows a distraught woman who claims to be the victim’s sister and is crying to officers at the scene.
“Oh my God, you killed my brother!” the woman yells through tears. “I called you guys to come help and you killed my brother.
“I told you, he’s sick,” she continues. “Why didn’t you Tase him? Why, why, why, why?”
Police said a witness voluntarily provided cellphone footage of the incident, which was the only phone provided to officers in the investigation. The video has not yet been released. Investigators are reviewing the cellphone video and other footage recovered from the scene, which police say supports their version of events.
El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis has vowed that there will be a thorough investigation.
“This will be transparent,” he said at a news conference late Tuesday night. “This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours.”
Since Tuesday, dozens of protesters have gathered at the scene of the shooting, chanting, “Black lives matter!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!”
The incident is the latest in a string of officer-involved shootings of black men this month that have sparked protests. Last week, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who investigators say was holding a handgun. Four days earlier, on Sept. 16, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed. The officer who shot Crutcher has since been charged in his death and will make her first court appearance on Friday.
Source: ABC NEWS