Violence Erupts In El Cajon Over Police Shooting

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Protests of this week’s police shooting in El Cajon, Ca., turned violent last night, with police using pepper balls and flashbang grenades to disperse a crowd that threw glass bottles and smashed vehicle windows, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. At least two men were arrested during the third consecutive night of protests after the death of 38-year-old Alfred Olango. The unarmed black man was shot by police when he grasped a vape smoking device with both hands and pointed it at an officer.

Last night, about 50 to 75 people took over an intersection. The violence began about 8 p.m. when the crowd stopped passing vehicles and broke several of their windows, police said. At one point, a man laid down his motorcycle in the intersection when he lost control of it, and a scuffle broke out between the rider and the protesters. Police said some demonstrators threw glass bottles, and officers responded by firing pepper balls at the crowd. The unrest began Tuesday afternoon shortly after Olango was killed in the police confrontation behind a taco shop.

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