Authorities release video of police shooting an unarmed black man dead behind a taco stand in El Cajon, California. Police say the Ugandan-born man, who was reportedly suffering a mental breakdown, pointed a vaping device used to inhale nicotine at officers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
**EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL** ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A videotape of police shooting an unarmed black man dead behind a taco stand in El Cajon, California, was made public by authorities on Friday. The El Cajon Police Department at a news conference played two videos of the fatal shooting of Ugandan-born 38-year-old Alfred Olango. One video was taken by a bystander, and another from a mounted surveillance camera. Family members and activists had called for police to release the video, which they believe will show that officers acted improperly during the confrontation with Olango. Olango's mother, during an emotional press conference on Thursday, said that her son was having a mental breakdown when he was confronted by police at Los Ponchos taco shop in the San Diego suburb and that they should have helped him instead of quickly opening fire. El Cajon officer Richard Gonsalves and a colleague on the police force, whose name was not released, were responding to emergency calls about a "mentally unstable" man walking in traffic, officials said. "During the confrontation with Alfred Olango, officer Gonsalves discharged his firearm," El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis told reporters. The tragedy has gained attention in Africa, where officials from several countries criticized Olango's death and the succession of police killings of black men in the United States. "Today we want to both applaud and commend Chief Jeff Davis, and the city of El Cajon, for releasing this video," National Association for the Advancement of Colored People San Diego Chapter president André Branch said. Police have said Olango ignored commands to take his hand out of his pocket before pulling out an object later determined to be a vaping device used to inhale nicotine. Olango assumed a "shooting stance" and pointed the object, which had a 3-inch-long (8-cm) cylinder, police said. No gun was found.