Protesters and leftists who gathered in El Cajon, California, to express their outrage over the police shooting of an unarmed black man, Alfred Olango, angrily assaulted a young man at the demonstration who wore a red 'Make America Great Again' cap. The Donald Trump recorded on Periscope how he was repeatedly beaten by protesters yesterday. Somehow, the young man was able to keep the video streaming throughout the increasingly violent affray.

Things got out of hand once the man put on his "Make America Great Again" hat in the midst of what was purportedly a peaceful protest against Olango's death. Almost immediately, he was struck in the back of the hat. Speaking to the camera, he said repeatedly "This is what happens!" Once his cap had been knocked off his head several times, the Trump supporter edged away from the mob. He was followed and apparently knocked to the ground. The man screamed while begging the assailants to halt. 

The man estimated the mob to number about 300. When asked by an off-camera voice for his name, he offered "Feras Jabro."  He appeared to be in his early 20s, with dark hair, brown eyes and olive complexion. 

There were some people present who sought to help him, but the young man was attacked again and surrounded. Finally, local police rescued him from further harm. "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. He also said that if not for the presence of police, he would have been killed.

There were several police cars and officers recorded in the video. There were others recording the scene on video.

El Cajon has suffered two nights of disturbances ever since the September 27 shooting of Olango. According to police, they encountered Olango outside of a strip mall in the street. He was pacing back and forth in traffic, allegedly endangering himself and others on the road. He left one hand in his pocket when officers approached, but eventually took his hand out of his pocket and withdrew and object in his hand. According to police, he then assumed a "shooting stance."
El Cajon 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 deployed a taser, while another fired several shots at Olango, who died later in hospital. Officials dispute witnesses claims that Olango had his hands up at the time of the shooting. "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 on the day of the shooting.
El Cajon police do not have body cameras. However, the department is in the process of receiving them.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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