Police kill unarmed black man in California

Reuters . Los Angeles

Police officers in El Cajon, a city near San Diego, shot and killed an unarmed black man, prompting crowds to gather at the scene and authorities to call for calm, less than two weeks after similar incidents in two other US cities.
In Tuesday afternoon’s incident in El Cajon, two officers responded to calls that an African-American man in his 30s was walking in traffic and ‘not acting like himself,’ El Cajon police said.
Days earlier, in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, police and shot and killed black men, igniting protests against racial bias in U.S. policing and demands for greater accountability for officers.
In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency and curfew.
Officers found the man behind a restaurant at about 2:00pm PDT (2100 GMT) and ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket, police said. After he refused, one officer drew a firearm and the other readied a Taser device, the police said.
The man paced back and forth as the officers tried to talk to him with their weapons pointed at him, the police said.
Moments later, he pulled an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them toward an officer in ‘what appeared to be a shooting stance,’ the police said.
The officers then simultaneously shot and used the Taser on the man, who died after being taken to the hospital, police said. Officials have not identified him.
No weapon was found at the scene, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis told a news conference hours after the shooting. He did not said what the man was pointing. The officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such incidents.
‘Now is a time for calm,’ Davis said. ‘I implore the community to be patient with us, work with us, look at the facts at hand before making any judgment.’
Crowds gathered through the night at the scene and at the El Cajon Police Department, where they demanded information, local media showed.

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