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The Latest: Father of man killed by officer addresses rally

In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 frame from video provided by the El Cajon Police Department, a man, second from left, faces police officers in El Cajon, Calif. The man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said. Some protesters claimed the man was shot with his hands raised, but police disputed that and produced the frame from cellphone video taken by a witness that appeared to show the man in the "shooting stance" as two officers approached with weapons drawn. (El Cajon Police Department via AP)
October 01, 2016 - 1:32 PM

EL CAJON, Calif. - The Latest on a police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A rally in El Cajon, California, to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police has ended after the man's father demanded the police chief's resignation.

Richard Olango Abuka told those gathered Saturday that his son's death is a turning point in a peaceful struggle to change police practices.

He spoke after several hundred people marched peacefully through the streets of the San Diego suburb and ended up near police headquarters. Alfred Olango's siblings and extended family also attended.

There was a modest police presence to direct traffic.

At the rally speakers called for changes in how police respond to calls about people in mental distress.

The event comes a day after two videos of the shooting were released by authorities, something Olango's family and community leaders had urged.

11:40 a.m.

Several hundred people are marching thru the streets of downtown El Cajon, California, after a rally to honour the memory of an unarmed black man fatally shot by police.

Numerous religious leaders spoke for more than an hour at a park in the San Diego suburb Saturday. They criticized police for pulling the trigger on Alfred Olango and called for more training of officers on how to respond to people who are having psychological emergencies.

One speaker generated applause when he asked the crowd rhetorically if police would have responded differently if Olango was white.

The demonstrators were peaceful as they walked down Main Street toward police headquarters, with some carrying signs with Olongo's name and chanting, "no justice no peace."

There is no sign of police presence.

10:35 a.m.

About 200 people are gathered at a park in downtown El Cajon, California, to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

Six religious leaders plan to address the crowd Saturday before marching through the streets to police headquarters. The family of Alfred Olango is expected to join the rally there.

Some Main Street businesses are closed. The crowd is peaceful and there is no sign of police presence in the San Diego suburb.

The event comes a day after two videos of the shooting were released by authorities, something Olango's family and community leaders had urged.

The videos show the officer fired four times at close range almost immediately after Olango raised both hands to chest level and took what was described as a shooting stance.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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