EL CAJON, Calif. — Police shot and killed a black man Tuesday afternoon at a shopping center in a San Diego suburb, prompting protests into the night.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, El Cajon police responded to reports of an "erratic" pedestrian walking in traffic near a strip mall around 2 p.m. PDT. Police said late Tuesday that it took them 50 minutes to respond after receiving the first call, presumably from a woman who said she was the man's sister, KNSD reported.
Officers said they used a Taser and opened fire after the man failed to follow their commands and appeared to pull an object out of his pocket, holding it in an apparent shooting stance.
Here's what we know so far:
1. Some bystanders said the man had his hands up. While describing the incident to KNSD, witness Michael Ray Rodriguez said, "The man's hands are up. No shirt. He didn't have no shirt."
El Cajon police denied those claims in a tweet Tuesday night, saying that in "video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air."
2. A now-viral Facebook Live video captured the aftermath of the shooting. In the 25-minute video, posted by Rumbie Mubaiwa, a woman cries that she had called police to help the man, who she said was her brother.
"I just called for help, and you came and killed him," she says.
She later asks, "Don't you guys have crisis communications teams to talk to somebody mentally sick?"
The video has been viewed more than 33,000 times.
3. Police have denied claims that officers confiscated cellphones from people at a nearby restaurant. A woman identified only as Maria told KNSD that police took cellphones from employees at Los Panchos restaurant and told workers "not to talk to anyone."
El Cajon police tweeted, "We ask that the community please be careful about reacting to inaccurate information. No phones were confiscated from anyone at the scene."
During the Tuesday night news conference, Police Chief Jeff Davis said a witness voluntarily handed cellphone video over to police.
"That witness voluntarily provided their phone to the police department and gave written consent for the officers to view the video," the department said in a press release. "Investigators have been able to download the video. This was the only phone provided to officers in this investigation."
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