This still from video provided by 10News.com shows people standing near where police shot and wounded a man in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2016. Police were called to the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center shortly after 2 p.m. on a call about a man acting erratically. One officer apparently shot the man, who was taken to a hospital. There's no word on his condition. (10News.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT TV OUT

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police shot and wounded a man they said was acting erratically in a San Diego suburb on Tuesday, drawing an angry cluster of protesters that believed it to be another instance of law enforcement shooting an unarmed black man.

Several dozen people, most of them black, gathered and some cursed at officers guarding the scene in El Cajon after the shooting.

Many were chanting “black lives matter!” and “hands up, don’t shoot!”

A woman who was working the drive-thru window at a restaurant next to the shooting captured it on video. The woman turned her phone over to investigators voluntarily and signed a consent form, police Lt. Rob Ransweiler said.

Police said the man did not have his hands up when he was shot, as some witnesses have said, and police say the cellphone video shows this.

Officers were called to the area of the Broadway Village Shopping Center shortly after 2 p.m. by reports of a man acting erratically, “walking in traffic, that kind of stuff,” Ransweiler said.

The man, believed to be 30 years old, was taken to a hospital. There was no word on his condition.

One officer shot the man. Details of the confrontation weren’t immediately released, and Ransweiler declined to say whether the man had a weapon.

Michael Ray Rodriguez was among the witnesses who said the man had his hands in the air. He said that he was driving out of his apartment complex past the shooting scene and saw a shirtless black man with his hands up and an officer firing seconds later.

The officer “let go of the trigger and shot him again and again,” Rodriguez told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

One woman who appeared in a video posted by Rumbie Mubaiwa on her Facebook page is heard telling police at the scene that the man was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket.

“I said: ‘Take your hand out your pocket, baby, or they’re going to shoot you.’ He said ‘no, no, no,’ ” the woman said. “When he lifted his hand out … he did have something in his hand but it wasn’t no gun, and that’s when they shot him.”

On Mubaiwa’s tape, a woman wearing hospital-style scrub clothing who said she was the man’s sister appeared distraught, repeatedly shrieking and crying, telling officers that she had called them to help her brother.

“I just called for help, and you came and killed him,” she said.

“Don’t you guys have crisis communications teams to talk to somebody mentally sick?” she asks.

A new policy by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office requires release of such officer-involved shooting footage, but it was unclear when that would happen, he said.

The police department is working on a program to have officers wear body cameras, but none have been issued, Ransweiler said.

El Cajon is a city 15 miles northeast of San Diego and has a population of about 100,000. It is 69 percent white and 6 percent black, according to 2010 census figures. It has become a common home for refugees fleeing Iraq and, more recently, Syria.

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9 thoughts on “Police Shooting Draws Protests Near San Diego

  1. CiscoKid on said:

    First, my sympathies to the family of this unfortunate man. My heart goes out to them for their loss. Second, if they knew he was having mental problems, they should have called someone other than the police. All they police know before they respond to a call is what the dispatcher said, and this brief news report doesn’t disclose that. Third, I have some shocking news for you about policemen, so brace yourself: 1) They are human. 2) They cannot read minds. 3) They cannot predict the future 4) They do not have x-ray vision 5) They are not licensed psychiatrists, and 5) Many of them have died because they waited to see whether or not the thing someone pulled out of his pocket, his waistband, or his car, was a gun.

  2. Just giving a quick 2 cents on said:

    STOPTHEKILLINGS – Fam, what’s with all the caps if u want ppl to read that?? Seriously…

    Anyway, we can’t keep falling into the narrative that when cops kill someone, it’s police brutality. All these stories create a snap judgment among many of our ppl and there is even a discrepancy between 2 witnesses where one is using that “hands up” narrative. Which actually happened? Dude just had his hands up or did dude have his hands in pockets, then come out of his pockets with something in his hand?

    I actually seen the cellphone pic on another site of dude holding something in his hands as he pointed it at one of the 2 cops in the pic. Sounds like witness person is trying to falsely keep with a narrative while the other is telling a more accurate account of things.

    We gotta read/see and comprehend without quick bias. I’ll leave it there….

    • Just giving a quick 2 cents on said:

      * Sounds like one witness is trying to falsely keep with a narrative while the other is telling a more accurate account of things.

  3. You know the public (especially AA’s) also have a duty to behave in an orderly and social manner when in public, this man was acting erratic failed to comply with officers and made a threating gesture as if he not only had a gun but was going to fire at officers,
    Mental state means jacksh!t a mental person can still kill you,

  4. STOPTHEKILLINGS on said:

    ANOTHER TRAGEDY. ANOTHER BLACK LIFE LOST. NOT REALLY SURE HOW TO FEEL ON THIS ONE. HE DIDN’T HAVE A GUN BUT HE PULLED HIS HANDS OUT HIS POCKETS AND MADE A GESTURE LIKE HE DID..THIS IS WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD, IF THIS IS SO THEN….THIS IS REALLY HITTING HOME BECAUSE WE HAVE A FRIEND WHOSE SON HAS MENTAL ISSUES AND IS IN CALIFORNIA, ALONE, OFF HIS MEDS, AND THIS COULD BE HIM. HE IS ATTEMPTIMG TO RUN FROM HIS PROBLMES, THE VOICES IN HIS HEADS BY LEAVING HOME. BUT WE ALL KNOW YOU CANT RUN FROM THAT, THEY ARE IN YOUR HEAD. WHEN HE TAKES HIS MEDICATION HE IS FINE BUT WHEN HE DOESN’T IT IS A STEADY SPIRAL DOWN. HE IS JUST A MINUTE AWAY FROM SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING TO HIM AND HIS HAS NO ONE THERE THAT HE KNOWS, NO FAMILY, NO FRIENDS. WE WOULDN’T GO TO THE HOSPITAL HERE TO GET HIS MEDS SO HE CERTAINLY ISN’T GOING TO GO THERE. MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL. I DON’T WANT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN TO HIM, TO HIS FAMILY, BUT I CAN SEE SOMETHING HAPPENING AND IT WONT BE ANYTHING PLEASANT. SO WE PRAY THAT NO HARM COMES TO HIM, THAT HIS PRAYING GRANDMOTHER PRAYS FOR HIS SAFETY EVERYDAY, THAT HE DOES NOT SUFFER A BREAK SO FAR FROM HOME AND HIS FAMIY CAN’T GET THERE AND BE WITH HIM. PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM AND ALL THE OTHERS.

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