Disturbing video footage has emerged showing a Donald Trump supporter being repeatedly beaten by protesters at a rally over the police shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, California on Wednesday.
The Trump supporter Periscoped his appearance at the protest (video below), managing to keep the video streaming throughout the increasingly chaotic encounter. When the man put on his "Make America Great Again" hat in the midst of what he later said he thought was a "peaceful" protest, things got out of control.
He was quickly hit in the back of the head. After having his hat knocked off a few times, the Trump supporter began to move away from the crowd, only to be followed. He is then apparently knocked to ground, at which point he begins to scream, begging for his attackers to stop.
The increasingly panicking Trump fan is helped by some of the people present, but is followed and once again surrounded. Eventually the police arrive.
"I was beaten down to the ground. When I attempted to run away, I was chased by the entire mob of people," the Trump supporter said afterward.
Details of the shooting in El Cajon on Tuesday are still emerging. As the Daily Wire reported Wednesday, El Cajon police say that the victim, Alfred Olango, was acting in a manner that appeared to be threatening. Olango was allegedly pacing back and forth in traffic. When officers approached him, he left one hand in his pocket. He eventually drew the hand out, holding an object in both hands and extended it in what appeared to be a "shooting stance":
Police Chief Jeff Davis told the New York Daily News that Olango was "not only endangering himself, but motorists.” The police department stated, "At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together, and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance.” The department stated that one officer utilized a "less lethal electronic control device.” Another officer fired several shots that hit Olango; he later died at a hospital.
Though some witnesses claim that Olango was holding his hands up, police say that video provided by a witness show otherwise.
"The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air," tweeted the El Cajon Police Tuesday.
El Cajon police do not have body cameras. Lt. Rob Ransweiler of the police department said a pilot program with body cameras was recently finished so the body cameras could be ordered, adding, "The equipment has not been delivered.”