The father of Alfred Olango, a mentally ill California man gunned down in September by police, announced the launch of a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving police training, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Speaking Saturday at a gathering in San Diego for victims of police brutality, Richard Olango said the organization would focus its reforms around psychology, human behavior, criminal justice and discipline.
“These are the foundation of police training. If you don’t pass these, you go back to police college,” he said, according to the Times.
El Cajon police Officer Richard Gonsalves shot Olango when, according to authorities, he took a “shooting stance” while aiming an object at police. It turned out that Olango, 38, was holding a smoke vape device.
Olango’s family said after the shooting that he was having a mental breakdown, and the officers should have de-escalated the situation.
“Police are supposed to use a gun as a last resort,” his father stated at the gathering. “From the time police arrived to the time my son was dead was 1 minute and 29 seconds.”
He announced that the organization, which has been registered in California, is named the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation and would be based in San Diego.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter