- Title: U.S. police killing of Ugandan immigrant sparks anger in Africa
- Date: 30th September 2016
- Summary: GULU, UGANDA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF GRASS-THATCHED HOUSES AT OLANGO'S FORMER HOMESTEAD (MUTE) PINK CURTAIN ON DOORWAY OF OLANGO'S FORMER HOUSE / CHILD WALKING IN FRONT OF HOUSE VARIOUS OF ROOF ON OLANGO'S FORMER HOUSE DOORWAY OF OLANGO'S FORMER HOUSE SIMON NYEKO, OLANGO'S UNCLE, OUTSIDE HIS HUT NYEKO CRYING, WIPING TEARS FROM FACE NYEKO'S FOOT (SOUNBDITE) (Acholi) ALFRED OLANGO'S UNCLE, SIMON NYEKO, SAYING: "I don't think that was right, he ran away from problems to safety and they treat him like that? He went there because he thought the world is one and everyone was equal but the way they treated him, I don't know whether it was because of his skin colour." CHILD WALKING PAST CAMERA (MUTE) (SOUNDBITE) (Acholi) ALFRED OLANGO'S UNCLE, SIMON NYEKO, SAYING: "The community is very sad because it is the problems that we have here that sent him away, if they thought he had become a problem where he was then the solution would have been to send him back to where he came from." MOTORCYCLISTS RIDING UP DIRT ROAD (MUTE) OLANGO'S OTHER UNIDENTIFIED RELATIVES' HOUSE (MUTE) (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED NEIGHBOUR, SAYING: "I am very sorry about that one because if Europeans or white people are killing black people like that, so why us not to kill them? They are many here in Uganda, so why we are not killing them? They did very bad indeed." LAGOS, NIGERIA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC ON BUSY ROAD / PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAGOS RESIDENT, FALODU STEPHEN, SAYING: "African, African-American, we are all blacks. And it's for me I just think it's a racial issue because if a black man gets pulled up by police, the police wants to pull you up, they want to search you, they want to check if you have guns, if you don't even have a gun they are telling you to hands up, stuff like that but if a white man gets pulled up, it's a different, it's a different game entirely." PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAGOS RESIDENT, PATRICK ACHO, SAYING: "I believe they should just come to a common ground and understand this thing, hit it from the root and get over with this." NAIROBI, KENYA (SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAIROBI RESIDENT, ANDREW RIGULA, SAYING: "You know, it's very sad how can you keep on killing the black people like that. They are dying everyday, being killed on the streets and if the same same mistakes were repeated by a white person I trust you me they would be booked in a prison." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NAIROBI RESIDENT, FRANCIS MAINA, SAYING: "They are trigger happy and they are the same people who will go to the U.N. talking about our extra judicial killings in Kenya." STREET SCENE
- Embargoed: 15th October 2016 19:22
- Keywords: Alfred Olango Gulu police shooting United States El Cajon California
- Location: GULU, UGANDA / LAGOS, NIGERIA / NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: GULU, UGANDA / LAGOS, NIGERIA / NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Uganda
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00151REVYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The killing of Alfred Olango by police officers in the United States on Tuesday (September 27) has provoked shock and anger among relatives in the northern Ugandan village he left more than two decades ago.
The dead man's uncle, Simon Nyeko, was visibly upset as said his nephew had looked for a new life in the United States.
"I don't think that was right, he ran away from problems to safety and they treat him like that? He went there because he thought the world is one and everyone was equal but the way they treated him, I don't know whether it was because of his skin colour," Simon Nyeko said.
Olango, 38, was shot in El Cajon, California by two officers responding to a report of a mentally ill man.
Police said he pulled an unidentified object from his trouser pocket, but he was found to be unarmed.
Olango's mother, Pamela Benge, who lives in the United States, said on Thursday (September 29) her son was suffering a mental breakdown when confronted by police.
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