Celebrities React: Alfred Olango Killed By Police
Celebrities are expressing shock and sadness after a black man named Alfred Olango was killed by police while allegedly suffering a seizure. See stars’ reaction tweets to the tragedy below.
The fatal incident occurred in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego, on Tuesday. Police responded to a 911 call of a black man behaving “erratically” and “not like himself” in a shopping center. The caller, which some reports say was Olango’s concerned sister seeking help for him, also said he was endangering himself and others by interfering with traffic.
When cops arrived, Olango allegedly did not respond to their directives. Instead, he appeared to take an object out of his pocket and point at them. That led one officer to deploy his taser, and another to shoot him, leading to his death. It’s being said, however, that Olango was mentally-challenged and experiencing a seizure when police approached him, though that has not yet been confirmed by officials.
Nonetheless, a number of stars have taken to Twitter to share sorrowful reactions to the latest police-involved shooting of a black man. “It’s too much. #AlfredOlango #BlackLivesMatter,” tweeted Kerry Washington. “Empire” star Grace Gealey said, “If you don’t think there is a problem, YOU are the problem. #AlfredOlango.” Rosario Dawson retweeted, “Add ‘calling 911’ and ‘having a seizure’ to the things black people cannot do without being shot for #AlfredOlango.”
Dawson also “liked” a tweet saying, “Seizure First Aid: – time the seizure – roll the person on his side – protect from injury – don’t SHOOT them #AlfredOlango.” Gabrielle Union retweeted, “#AlfredOlango is a black man with epilepsy. Police shot him instead of helping him.” And Debra Messing reposted a tweet that said, “They. Shot. A. Black. Man. While. He. Was. Having. A. Seizure. You can’t make this up #AlfredOlango.”
“#AlfredOlango Stop this. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Police reform now. #BlackLivesMatter,” implored Rashida Jones. She later wrote, “Hey #altright with all your excuses for why it’s always a black person’s fault when they get shot by a cop…STOP.” Jones also went on to say, “Where is our humanity? Shouldn’t we all be outraged when an innocent person is killed? If you say no, then all lives do NOT matter to you.”