13 powerful photos show the Alfred Olango police shooting protests happening in El Cajon

13 powerful photos show the Alfred Olango police shooting protests happening in El Cajon
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It's been two days since police officers in El Cajon, California, shot and killed Alfred Olango outside a local shopping center. 

A man raises his hand in a fist as crowds block traffic to protest the police killing of Alfred Olongo in El Cajon, California.
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Now, members of Olango's community are marching for justice.

A woman faces police officers in riot gear in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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On Wednesday, protesters from the city and surrounding area took to the streets demanding answers and accountability for the shooting, which took place roughly 16 miles east of San Diego.

A police officer, wielding riot gear, looks onto a crowd of protesters in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Olango, who was unarmed, is a refugee from Uganda, and was working as a part-time furniture salesman.

Protesters stages a sit-in in the middle of a road in El Cajon, California, to protest the death of Alfred Olongo.
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He reportedly had his hands raised Tuesday afternoon when he was fatally shot by officers. His family members have said he suffered from mental disabilities. 

Two women have their hands up in the air in front of riot gear wielding police officers in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Gregory Bull/AP

According to the El Cajon Police Department, Olango was in an "erratic" state Tuesday and pulled a device from his pocket and aimed it at officers in a shooting stance.

Protesters with Black Lives Matter posters block traffic to protest the death of Alfred Olongo in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Gregory Bull/AP

On Wednesday, investigators announced the object was actually a vaping device. 

A few protesters gather around to burn a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" hat in protest in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Witnesses have since told local news outlets that Olango had his hands either in the air or by his side when the police fired five rounds, killing him. 

Protesters gather around and raise their hands in a fist to protest the killing of Alfred Olongo in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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A police investigation into the incident is ongoing. Here are photos from Wednesday's protests:

A man covers his eyes with a yellow police "do not cross" tape in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Gregory Bull/AP
Protesters mourn the death of Alfred Olongo in a protest and vigil in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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A man holds up a Black Lives Matter t-shirt while walking on an highway in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Gregory Bull/AP
A woman raises her hand high in a fist in front of a line of riot gear wielding police officers in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Gregory Bull/AP



Protesters link up in arms and face police officers to protest the death of Alfred Olongo in El Cajon, California, on Sept. 28.
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Bill Wechter/Getty Images

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