- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 1, 2016

Footage showing an unarmed black man being fatally shot by police in El Cajon, Calif., this week was released to the public Friday following three days of protests.

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office unveiled two videos at a news conference Friday the moment Alfred Olango, 38, was shot and killed while surrounded by police officers in the parking lot of a El Cajon restaurant three days earlier. He was aiming an object later identified as a vaping device at officers when one deployed their Taser and another fired four shots from their service weapon, killing him. 

The fatal shots was captured by the restaurant’s surveillance system and on an eyewitness’s cell phone. El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said Friday that local officials agreed to make both clips available in the interest of public safety, and in light of three nights of “escalating aggression” from demonstrators that had already resulted in multiple arrests and injuries in the aftermath of Tuesday’s shooting.

“We didn’t want to waste time,” he said. “At the end of the day, it was important to put this out to the community.”

The two videos combined are less than 90 seconds, and only the footage recorded on a witness’s cellphone contains any audio. In it, a bystander could be heard shrieking immediately after the four shots are fired.

Area schools closed early Friday, and local businesses were advised to shut down early in anticipation of further unrest expected to follow the video’s release. Contrary to previous nights, however, the San Diego Union-Tribune said it was not aware of any violence, vandalism or arrest resulting from Friday evening’s demonstration, and described protests as “far more peaceful” earlier ones.

Dr. Andre Branch, the president of the NAACP’s San Diego branch, said during Friday’s press conference that he fully supported the police department’s decision to make the video footage public so soon after the fatal shooting.

“I applaud and commend Chief Jeff Davis and the city of El Cajon for releasing the video of the police-involved shooting. NAACP believes this is the action that should follow any and all police shootings,” he said.

Officer Richard Gonsalves fired the four shots that killed Olango, and Officer Josh McDaniel was the one who had a Taser, Chief Davis said Friday. Both are 21-year veterans of the El Cajon Police Department and were placed on administrative leave following Tuesday’s events.

The El Cajon Police Department’s homicide unit will investigate the shooting before delivering any decision to the district attorney's office for review, Chief Davis Davis said. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told reporters Friday that the FBI has become involved in investigating as well.

“I trust my investigators. I trust the system. I trust the protocol, the district attorney's office and the FBI,” Chief Davis said.

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