Washington D.C. Police have released body-camera footage involving the fatal shootings of 18-year-old Deon Kay. On Wednesday afternoon, a DC police officer shot Kay, a Black male, as police investigate rumors of a man with a gun in the region.
Police claim Kay “brandished the guns,” right before they shot him. His death has contributed to demonstrations against policing brutality
The late-night altercation between the police and hundreds of protestors occurred at a local police station.
The MPD said that “During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm.” In the incident, “an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect,” the MPD statement said.
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Another man at the time also escaped the intervening policemen, the police added. Marcelle Smith, 19, also from Southeast DC, also had a handgun. The police initially prosecuted Smith for having a gun without a license.
Authorities moved to take Kay to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead. The police statement contained photos of Kay’s pistol, as well as the arms of one of his friends detained.
Deon Kay death sparks another black Life matter protest
The local branch Black Lives Matter appealed for urgent marches at the MPD headquarters and claimed in a statement, “DC police murdered a black man today.”
Later on Wednesday evening, social media footage shows hundreds of protesting demonstrators jacketing with various policemen using bicycles to create a fence in front of the station.
Furthermore, the incident took place at 3:49 p.m. in the 200 block on Orange Street in Southeast DC. Wednesday.
The police shootings of Black civilians have prompted widespread demonstrations. And call for a thorough policing overhaul of DC’s municipal initiatives. Council to render those events more clear.
In June, the MPD enacted emergency law after George Floyd’s assassination by police officers in Minneapolis, ordering the MPD to report all videos from deadly shootings and use of force cases within five days. The agency may, therefore, report the identities of the officers concerned.
In July 2018, the city published body camera video from three deadly accidents.
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