New video released in the Sacramento police shooting of Joseph Mann shows the police attempting to run him over. “F- this guy,” the officer says as the police vehicle takes aim at Mr. Mann in North Sacramento. Seconds later, the officers exit their vehicle, and join in shooting Mr. Mann a reportedly 14 times.
By contrast, the video released in August was more ambiguous about the July 11, 2016, shooting. That video, according to Vanguard reporting, showed Mann to be an unarmed, diminutive man wandering down the street and showing overt signs of mental illness, while being stalked along the way by four Sacramento Police Department patrol cars, while officers scream at him over loudspeakers. Officers can be seen running straight toward Mr. Mann and immediately firing a dozen or more rounds at him, as he stood still, without having made a single attempt to subdue him with less than lethal force.
Attorney Burris lamented that “as a result of the officers’ ‘comply or die’ attitude, agitated officers inexplicably left the safety of their patrol vehicles and unnecessarily provoked a close range confrontation with Joseph Mann.” Burris further charges that “non-lethal force was not employed, no beanbags, Tasers, or pepper spray, all of which should have been considered by these officers, who made no attempt to subdue Mr. Mann with non-lethal force prior to dispatching a firing squad.”
“When you take someone’s life you must show and stand by what you have done.” He later stated, “Mr. Mann did not get due process. He was taken from his family without due process.”
El Cajon Releases Video – Victim Had a Vaping Device, Not a Gun
The fatal shooting this past Tuesday has created growing unrest in the El Cajon community and elsewhere.
The video itself sheds little new light on what happened to 38-year-old Alfred Olango. The problem that is both shots – one from a civilian’s cellphone and the other from a surveillance camera at a drive-through window at a taco shop – are taken from a distance.
The surveillance video shots the scene prior to the shooting while the second shows Mr. Olango first walking toward the officer and then retreating, walking both backwards and sideways as the officer approaches.
With the two facing each other, a second officer appears, shots are fired and a woman can be heard screaming.
The original account read: “The El Cajon Police Department received calls of a man who was ‘not acting like himself.’ He was walking in traffic, not only endangering himself, but motorists. Two officers located him behind a local restaurant in the 800 block of Broadway.
“The subject refused multiple instructions by the first officer on scene to remove his concealed hand from in his pocket. Because the subject did not comply the officer drew his firearm and pointed it at the subject while continuing to give him instructions to remove his hand from his pocket.
“The second responding officer arrived on scene and immediately prepared to deploy a less lethal electronic control device while the other officer covered.
“The subject paced back and forth while officers tried to talk to him. At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance. At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon. Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject.”
“Any criminal conduct being pursued will be some time much later,” San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told reporters.
The man “rapidly drew an object” and placed both hands on it “like you would be holding a firearm,” police Chief Jeff Davis said. It turned out to be a vaping device. The Vanguard spoke to some police officials not connected with this case who said that a vaping device can look just like a gun barrel.
—David M. Greenwald reporting