El Cajon police say the man acting erratically was shot because he pulled something out of his pocket and took a shooting stance. Julie Noce reports.
No weapon found at scene of El Cajon shooting
Police in El Cajon, California said there was no weapon found after police shot a black man who they say was acting erratically on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said a man in his 30’s wearing a black tank top and blue jeans had been walking in and out of traffic near a strip mall in the San Diego suburb.
According to police, the man refused to comply with police orders to put his hands up.
El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said cell phone footage taken at the scene corroborates the police account of incident.
(SOUNDBITE) English EL CAJON POLICE CHIEF JEFF DAVIS SAYING:
“The subject continued to refuse commands. The second responding officer immediately prepared to deploy less lethal electronic control device which is considered, which is a Taser device while the first officer covered him. The male subject paced back and forth while the officers tried to talk to him. At one point the male rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket placed both hands together on it and extended it rapidly towards the officer taking what appeared to be a shooting stance putting the object in the officers’ face. At this time one of the officers with the taser discharged his taser in an effort to subdue the subject. Simultaneously the officer who had the object pointed at him discharged his firearm striking the male.”
Protesters gathered at the scene where some people said this is the latest case of U.S. law enforcement violence against unarmed black men.
Police said no family members have been identified so the man’s identity and condition have not yet been released.