One of the El Cajon officers, who was involved in the fatal confrontation with an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb, was demoted last year after being accused of sexual assault by a fellow colleague.
Mayor Bill Wells identified Richard Gonsalves as one of the two officers involved in Tuesday’s confrontation with Alfred Olango. Gonsalves has been with the El Cajon Police Department for more than two decades.
As reported by Yahoo News, it hasn’t been made clear who shot Olango. The incident occurred behind Los Panchos taco shop on Broadway.
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Last year, Gonsalves was sued by Christine Greer, who alleged that the then-sergeant made sexual advances towards her, including sending her a photo of his genitals and messaging her that he wanted to have three-way sex with Greer and his wife.
On the day of the shooting Olango’s sister, Lucy Peterson, had called police to get help for her brother who was not acting like himself. She told the police in the 911 call that her brother was unarmed and mentally ill. As reported by NBC 7 San Diego, Peterson told the police that Olango was “mentally perturbed” and that he “needed help.”
According to Police Chief Jeff Davis, when the police arrived Olango pulled out an object from his pants and aimed it at the police. While one officer deployed a stun gun at Olango, the other officer shot him. However, eyewitnesses say Olango was unarmed; adding that his hands were extended out when the officer deployed the firearm.
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According to his Facebook page, Olango was “Head Cook at West Coast Hooters, Head Cook at Hooters” and had previously worked as “Head Cook at Saddle Ranch – Westgate.” NBC 7 notes that he worked at a furniture store and had an “extensive criminal history.”
He “came to the U.S. at the age of 12 in search of protection from a regime seeking to kill his entire family,” the media outlet added.
On Wednesday protestors took to the streets to demonstrate against Olango’s death, calling for the police to release a cellphone video of the incident.
As reported by the San Diego Tribune, the harassment lawsuit filed by Greer states other women were also harassed by Gonsalves. While the lawsuit was settled, Gonsalves remained on the force, eliciting reactions of anger from citizens who say the officer should have been fired.