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U.S. tried TWICE to deport refugee killed by Calif. police, but his native country refused to take him

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U.S. authorities had twice tried to deport the California man fatally shot by police this week but his native country would not take him back.

Alfred Olango, 38, was shot and killed Tuesday by police in El Cajon after he allegedly acted erratically and aimed an object at police that was later found to a vaping device, not a firearm. But as the shooting sparked violent protests in the San Diego suburb, more information about Olango’s past came to light.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Lauren Mack confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego that Department of Homeland Security databases revealed Olango arrived in the U.S. as a refugee in 1991 from Uganda. The 38 year-old stopped reporting to officers in February 2015 under an order of supervision following a conviction.

According to NBC San Diego:

Mack said an immigration judge ordered Olango’s deportation in 2002 following a conviction for transporting and selling drugs. ICE then tried to obtain a travel document from the government in Olango’s native Uganda to carry out the deportation. Mack said those multiple requests for documents were unsuccessful.

Olango was released from ICE custody in 2003, under an order of supervision due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zadvydas v. Davis, Mack said. That ruling bars detention of foreign nationals if deportation is unlikely.
Immigration authorities took Olango into custody in 2009 after he served a prison term for a firearms conviction in Colorado, Mack said, but were again unable to obtain travel documents.

Olango was fatally shot after police said he ignored multiple instructions to remove his hand from in his pocket and then assumed a “shooting stance” while holding an object in his hand.

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Frieda Powers


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