About 70 people held a candlelight vigil in El Cajon Saturday night to show solidarity against the violence at a Virginia white supremacy rally that left one counter-protester dead and many others injured earlier in the day.
One speaker called images from Charlottesville, Va. “horrifying” as video footage showed a motorist plowing into a crowd, hitting several people, then backing rapidly away. Police later made an arrest. A 32-year-old woman died after being run down by the car.
“We’ve seen this before, in the 20s in Italy and in the 30s in Germany,” Monty Kroopkin said at the El Cajon gathering, calling extremists in Charlottesville fascists and neo-Nazis. He said he hoped the nighttime vigil would show that “There’s more of us than there are of them.”
The peaceful crowd gathered behind Los Panchos taco shop on Broadway at Mollison Street, the site where Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot by an El Cajon police officer on Sept. 27 last year.
The shooting sparked marches, calls for criminal charges against the officer, and wrongful death lawsuits by his family. Video from a security camera and a cellphone, released by the District Attorney’s Office, showed Olango taking a shooting stance in front of one of two officers while holding a shiny object that turned out to be an e-cigarette. The shooting was ruled legally justified and no criminal charges were filed against either officer.
Kroopkin said memories of the shooting were still fresh, and, he said, tie in “to what the Justice Department and (President) Trump are doing to civil rights. This is what fascism is going to look…
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