Family of Man Killed by Police in El Cajon Call For Federal Investigation During South L.A. News Conference

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From left: Alfred Olango's twin brother, Apollo, and father, Richard, join the Rev. Al Sharpton at a news conference in South Los Angeles on Oct. 12, 2016. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday called on the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last month by an El Cajon police officer, a shooting he called “egregious at best.”

Flanked by members of Alfred Olango’s family at a news conference in South Los Angeles, Sharpton was one of a group of civil rights advocates who assembled for a community meeting to discuss the Sept. 27 shooting and other criminal justice issues.

Police have said Olango, 38, was behaving erratically and took a “shooting stance” immediately before he was killed by an officer. They later said Olango was holding an electronic cigarette at the time he was shot.

The incident has roiled the San Diego suburb, sparking days of demonstrations and protests, some of which turned violent and resulted in arrests.

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