Alfred Olango: “Stop Shooting My People”

   CBS reports that protests of the shooting of Alfred Olango are becoming more violent. He came to the U. S. for safety from war in Uganda. He had a mental breakdown, it is said, over the recent death of his best friend. Don’t call the police, the professionals, in circumstances like this. He was walking in traffic, and indeed, someone needed to go get him and watch over his safety. He was going down the street when police encountered him, and, apparently in a dream world as if playing, like Ophelia, he pointed his e cigarette contraption at the police. His sister says, “He needed someone who was going to calm him down and then take care of the situation.” It took police in El Cajun near San Diego, more than an hour to respond, and they shot him dead in less than a minute. While they do have a power to answer such a circumstance and such a call, the Fifth Amendment still applies in this case, as the man is not obligated to understand if he does not understand, but police are obligated to deal with the circumstances accurately. Indeed, this can be very dangerous. But the police  do not have the authority, even here, to enter the circumstance and issue orders, then shoot one they knew might not understand. Summary execution has not yet been decreed for failure to understand orders, though if we want a premonition, we can look to the Philippians, and the party of Donald Trump. Mr. Olango is not being paid, while they are being paid. Indeed, if he is in traffic, he is in danger. Police, incidentally, are to defend tourists just as they defend native citizens, to kill them is murder, etc., because humans, not just American citizens, have rights. No crime has been committed, and the police apparently respond to everything as though it were crime, or else they just do not know how to respond. Perhaps our nation needs a refresher lesson from the philosophers as to what a crime is, after now nearly a century of prohibition. CBS writes:

Critics have questioned why personnel with special training to deal with the mentally ill were not dispatched after police received a report that Olango was behaving erratically, KFMB notes.

Police later said a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team clinician was on another call at the time.

   The Black Lives Matter movement is important, because the Blacks are both subject more to law enforcement and are the only ones protesting. But again, if you want to see them shoot some white guys, just scroll the shootings of the homeless driven insensible by cold, then failing, in delusion, to quickly drop a knife. The white kid, 17, shot in Eaton County, Michigan, before charges were even brought in these cases for a sham trial, is a good and white enough example. The officer in Oklahoma will be acquitted of manslaughter, perhaps because it is a bit more like second degree murder, with the intention to kill and all, even though it is an office we have set in that circumstance, serving the public. If Tim Walberg addressed this, the Eaton County shooting, in his district, in his recent meeting with the State Police chief, I might still vote for him despite his slavish support of torture and Donald Trump, his ignorance of the issue and importance of the difference between liberty and tyranny. But wait until the Second Amendment folks realize that the police shooting of everyone imagined to be armed in effect makes it vey dangerous to keep and bear arms: the police ae far more likely to shoot you, even though they cannot always believe it, for example when relatives say one is not armed. Perhaps then some powerful lobby will make the police stop shooting His people, our people. We really think it is a more general problem, a matter of our forgetfulness of the Bill of Rights.

One thought on “Alfred Olango: “Stop Shooting My People”

  1. regarding the danger of what Mr. Olango did, it reminds me of the character Plato in Rebel Without a Cause, who steps out with an unloaded gun, after James Dean has taken the bullets. A man was just shot in Van Buren Township for pulling a real gun, after a real chase. He too is dead, though the officers are mostly safe. Similar to the Eaton County boy, this man said was a “sovereign citizen,” and did not have to present any identification. I too am a citizen, and hope not to dive opposite unlicensed divers!

    But in the case of Olango, what if the Fire Department had led the response instead?

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