California police kills unarmed African American


This video from the USA says about itself:

UNARMED Black Man KILLED After Being SHOT By El Cajon Cops For “ACTING ERRATICALLY”

27 September 2016

A black man was shot in an encounter with police in southern California Tuesday afternoon prompting angry community members to gather around the scene demanding answers as his sister stood by crying hysterically.

El Cajon Police say they were called to a parking lot at the Broadway Village Shopping Center at 1pm after being told a 30-year-old man was acting ‘erratically,’ NBC San Diego reported.

Rob Ransweiler, El Cajon Police spokesman, said the man did not comply with officers demands and the encounter ended with an officer-involved shooting. It’s unclear if more than one officer opened fire.

The unidentified man was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital and is listed in critical condition. …

A video shared to social media by Rumbie Mubaiwa shows a woman, identified as the victim’s sister, crying hysterically in the parking lot after witnessing her brother being shot.

She can be heard saying: ‘I called you to help me but you killed my brother.

‘Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?’

Police officers can be seen approaching the woman in the video to question her.

‘I called so many times to help him,’ she said. Maria Medina, an employee at Los Panchos in El Cajon, which is located about 15 miles east of San Diego, said that she was inside the eatery working when she heard the shooting happen.

She said that officers came into the restaurant and confiscated everyone’s cell phone after the shooting.

Median added that one of her coworkers who had her phone taken by police had recorded video of the shooting.

However, El Cajon police tweeted that no phones were ‘confiscated.’

An employee working at a hair salon inside the shopping center told 10News that they heard the gunfire and went outside to see what had occurred.

‘I heard three gunshots – there was a black man on the ground and two officers standing around him,’ the witness said.

Some witnesses claimed that the man had his hands up in the air at the time of the shooting, but El Cajon police tweeted: ‘The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air.’

Dozens of people who gathered at the strip mall where the shooting happened began chanting ‘Black Lives Matter‘ and ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’

In May, El Cajon City Council members approved the purchase of 88 body cameras. However, the El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said that he was hoping to have the cameras in use by the start of 2017.

San Diego City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole tweeted: ‘My heart goes out to the family & loved ones of the victim at the El Cajon shooting today. I pray that he survives.’

The shooting in El Cajon comes just three days after the video showing the September 20 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina was released.

A police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher six days after Scott’s shooting.

In the Tulsa shooting, officer Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter and if convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Crutcher’s and Scott’s deaths have sparked protests across the country, as people question the law enforcement officers’ actions.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

From Reuters news agency in the USA:

Police Fatally Shoot Black Man In San Diego Suburb, Sparking Protests

The man later died after being taken to the hospital.

09/28/2016 04:48 am ET

An unarmed black man has died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm as local media reported crowds had gathered at the scene of the shooting.

The death comes less than two weeks after black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot dead by police, sparking protests. In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Similar deaths have added to a torrent of accusations over racial bias in U.S. law enforcement and calls for greater police accountability for the killings of black people.

The El Cajon Police Department said two officers had responded to a call regarding a man walking in traffic. He refused their instructions to remove his hand from his pocket and then pulled out an object from his pants and pointed it at them, the department said in a statement.

The officers then simultaneously shot and Tasered the man who died after being taken to the hospital, the department said.

During a news conference hours after the shooting, El Cajon Police Department Jeff Davis said no weapon was found on the scene. He did not say what exactly the man pointed at the unidentified officers.

The incident prompted crowds of people to gather throughout Tuesday night at the scene and at the El Cajon Police Department, where they demanded information about the shooting, according to local media.

Video emerged on social media purportedly showing the moments after the incident at the scene. In the video, a woman, who claimed to be the man’s sister, is heard saying that she called police.

“Oh my God. You killed my brother. I just called for help and … you killed him,” the unidentified woman said as she sobbed.

A bystander voluntarily provided investigators cell phone video that captured the incident, police said.

Police released a still photo from the video that depicted what appeared to be two officers pointing weapons at an individual who was pointed an object at them. At least one of the officers in the photo appeared to be white.

A study released in July shows police used force on black people at rates more than three times higher than for whites.

THE RAMPANT ABUSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT DATABASES “Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.” [AP]

USA: The federal government will finally start collecting nationwide data on police shootings.

“The Police Killings No One Is Talking About”: Native Americans Most Likely to Be Killed by Cops: here.

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