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Family of Alfred Olango hold 'Day of Remembrance' rally

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The family of Alfred Olango, former families of victims in police killings and the National Action Network joined together Saturday for an international community rally and festival in remembrance of victims of police brutality.

It was held at the World Beat Center at 2100 Park Blvd near Balboa Park.

Olango's death at the hands of police sparked widespread and nearly immediate protests. A witness to the shooting told reporters that Olango had his hands raised when he was shot and another indicated that he may have had a seizure.

Police officials countered that Olango was uncooperative, repeatedly refused to remove his hand from his pocket, assumed "what appeared to be a shooting stance'' and pointed an object that turned out to be an electronic smoking device at one of the officers.

The events that led to the fatal confrontation began when officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a pedestrian behaving erratically and walking in traffic in a commercial district a few blocks north of El Cajon Valley High School Tuesday afternoon.
Patrol personnel contacted Olango and moments later, one of the responding officers fired his service weapon while the other deployed an electronic stun gun. According to police, it took officers 50 minutes to respond to the initial call.


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