El Cajon Protests


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Maria Vazquez, Web Design Editor

What started as a peaceful march between hundreds of people in El Cajon grew into chaos as people tried to take a stance against the shooting of an unarmed man.

Alfred Olango was shot and tasered after pulling out a vaping device and pointing it toward the police on Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to CNN.

The death of Olango caused a commotion and triggered protests in El Cajon.

Activists demanded authorities to release a video of the shooting and asked for a federal probe looking into Olango’s death.

Days later, on Sept. 29, about 50-75 protesters blocked the intersection of Broadway and Mollison street, according to the El Cajon Police.

Drivers trying to get by grew angry and confronted the protesters, but protesters got out of control and started damaging cars; in one drastic situation, someone was pushed off their motorcycle, according to NBC San Diego.

CNN said, the crowd broke windows, stopped cars and some even went as far as throwing glass bottle toward the police.

Police had to take action by throwing pepper balls to disperse the crowds.

Rodney Stowers, a protester arrested for failure to disperse, was showed in a clip where multiple deputies were hitting him with batons.

Stowers said, “I had my hands up,” he exclaimed,  “I was backing up.”

Stowers plans to continue protesting, but hopes the demonstrations are peaceful for the protestors and the police.

After days of chaos, shops finally opened after days of being closed. Still small groups of people stood around in the parking lot where Olango was killed.Candles, photos and signs were placed on the ground as a memorial.

“We are not here for no negative stuff,” Bianca Olivas, Olango’s ex-girlfriend stated.

An El Cajon City Council meeting was held on Oct. 11, the first one after the shooting, people  focused their comments on the police shooting.

“We don’t just go as business as usual there is lots and lots to talk about all the different things we can do to improve the quality of our service to the community to make things safer for the police officers and for citizens this is a constant ongoing process,” Mayor Bill Wells remarked.