[Dagless Kangero] ALFRED OLANGO AND BLM

The alleged man accused of shooting Alfred has also been accused of confiscating all the phones on site containing the video footage of the encounter between the two parties. This was unlawful as he didn’t have the necessary warrant to do so. This is the first observable guilty action as a video footage could have in the very least supported his narrative should he be saying the truth or should he have acted suitably. The provision of a still image by the El Cajon Police Department of the encounter is insufficient and for the sole purpose of calibrating the case in their favour to show that Alfred was in fact a threat. Couldn’t the police officer instead have tased Alfred instead of shooting at him 5 times?

The contact between Alfred Olango and the police was brought about by Alfred’s sister calling the police seeking help as her brother was mentally distressed. Prior to this, they responded that they cannot help her because her incident is not their priority. Witnesses say that Alfred was having a seizure or a mental-health emergency which may have required his detention – but by no means his death: mental health patients are more harmful to themselves than anyone else. This then rejects the claim by the police officers that Mr. Olango was seen as a possible threat followed by the premise that the police officers had no official right to end the life of the Ugandan man. The police officers have confirmed that they were aware that they were responding to a 5150 phone call in which the appropriate procedure in such a situation is taking the man into custody and/or place him into a centre for a period of 72 hours for treatment and assessment. At the very least, police force could have called for professional help, someone in the field who would have had the appropriate knowledge and qualifications to handle the predicament.

Comparably, a white, unarmed white man was shot last month by the American police force resulting in his death. For those who still hold emphasis and scrutiny on the Black Lives Matter on being a movement focused on just the black population targeted by these social injustices while white people are too killed in the hands of the police force; the response to this incident, however, by black activists may shock all those fingers pointed at the movement for being bias. Black activists have instead taken to the streets the injustice performed on this white man and the inescapable truth that there needs to be a reevaluation of the actions and regulations of the police force meant to preserve and protect life – but instead harming and taking life away. Therefore, “black lives matter” has proven to be the stepping stone in exposing and ridiculing police force actions towards the people population, not just the black population. All who still chant “All Lives Matter” have failed to comprehend this very sentiment.

Following the previous point, it will be concluded that black lives matter was never meant to solely protect and advocate towards only the lives of the melanin pigmented. The focus was directed towards the black people’s oppression because of the large-scale unlawful injustices performed on them. However, in an era of social media and technology, the atmosphere of ambiguity is overcome because although the police force may deny some details brought forth by the witnesses, visual evidence produced by the witnesses is much stronger because of the veracity in the saying “actions speak louder than words”. We have seen multiple videos of these situations which clearly and concisely depict the truth of the matter – which is that police force unjustly kill black people with no probable reason.

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Renshaw, D. (2016). Alfred Olango, Reportedly Disabled Black Man, Shot Dead By Police In San Diego. [online] The FADER. Available at: http://www.thefader.com/2016/09/28/san-diego-police-alfred-olango [Accessed 2 Oct. 2016].

Sanchez, C. (2016). San Diego police release footage of an unarmed black man fatally shot during an encounter. [online] Business Insider. Available at: http://uk.businessinsider.com/alfred-olango-shooting-video-san-diego-el-cajon-2016-9 [Accessed 2 Oct. 2016].

Slade, R. and Harris, S. (2016). Witness Video Of Fatal Police Shooting Of Alfred Olango To Be Released (Audio) | KPBS. [online] Kpbs.org. Available at: http://www.kpbs.org/audioclips/31633/ [Accessed 2 Oct. 2016].

Swaine, J., Laughland, O., Lartey, J., Davis, K., Harris, R., Popovich, N., Powell, K. and team, G. (2016). The Counted: people killed by police in the United States – interactive. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the- counted-police-killings-us-database [Accessed 30 Sep. 2016].

The Root. (2016). #AlfredOlango: El Cajon, Calif., Police Aware Unarmed Black Man Was in Mental Distress Before They Fatally Shot Him. [online] Available at: http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/09/el-cajon-police-shooting/ [Accessed 30 Sep. 2016].


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