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Ugandans mourn man shot by police in U.S.

Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 01:34

Ugandan relatives of a black man shot by police in the U.S. this week mourn the family member they say went to America for safety. Paul Chapman reports.

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It's nearly 15, 000 kilometres from the Ugandan home village of Alfred Olango to El Cajon in California where he was shot dead by police. Olango left here more than two decades ago to escape poverty, conflict and repression. He was killed on Tuesday when police said he drew an object from his pocket which turned out to be this vaping device. His mother, who also lives in the U.S., says Olango was having a mental breakdown. His uncle, who still lives in Olango's home village in Uganda says he went to the U.S. to be safe. (SOUNDBITE)(Acholi) SIMON NYEKO, UNCLE OF ALFRED OLANGO, 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." Neighbours are equally shocked and angry about Olango's death. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNIDENTIFIED NEIGHBOUR SAYING: "If Europeans or white people are killing black people like that, so why us not to kill them? There are so many here in Uganda, so why we are not killing them? They did very bad indeed." The latest police shooting of an unarmed black man in the U.S. has unleashed protests in California and criticism from several African countries.

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Ugandans mourn man shot by police in U.S.

Saturday, October 01, 2016 - 01:34