Demonstrators protesting the fatal cops shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay Wednesday got in person with cops outside the 7th District station Saturday night.
Kay, of Southeast D.C., passed away after a Metropolitan Police Department officer shot him once.
Police put up cops tape at the front door of the 7th District Saturday night and the protesters pulled it down. Tape has been returned up.
Previously, Saturday evening, a vigil for Kay was held not far from his home.
A group called DC Protests said it dedicated this weekend to Kay and others eliminated by police. The group collected at Meridian Hill Park, also called Malcolm X Park, and marched through Northwest D.C. in action to the shooting of Kay. The group shut down the Key Bridge in both instructions for more than an hour.
Officers went to “investigate a man with a weapon” at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday when they saw a number of young men in a lorry. Two of the males ran and Kay “brandished” a gun, cops state. An officer then shot him in the 200 block of Orange Street SE. He was required to a healthcare facility, where he passed away.
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Responding officers activated their body-worn electronic cameras, the department stated Wednesday night. The footage was launched Thursday.
The 11-minute video reveals the shooting and its consequences from one officer's viewpoint.
At least one officer ran out of an automobile and yelled, “Don't move.” Within minutes, that officer opened fire on Kay, who appeared to have something in his right hand. The product was a gun, authorities say.
Kay cried out and fell to the ground.
Mayor Muriel Bowser released body electronic camera footage of the fatal authorities shooting of Deon Kay Thursday as required by new authorities reform laws. News4's Mark Segraves has the story.
As one officer tended to Kay, another can be heard searching for a gun that he states Kay threw. He searched a play ground near a real estate complex and eventually said, “I got it.” Emergency automobiles can be heard on their method.
An officer can be heard requesting a union representative.
“Look. You do not say anything to anyone,” he can be heard stating.
The officer who obviously opened fire asked, “Is he in bad shape?” The second officer informed him to take a seat which “individuals are taking care of everything.”
The video ends with officers appearing to escort away the officer who opened fire.
It is unclear what occurred prior to the video.
Police identified the officer who opened fire as Alexander Alvarez. He's been on the force since 2018. He and Kay had previous contact, Police Chief Peter Newsham stated.
The weapon authorities reported seeing in Kay's hand was discovered 98 feet from the scene of the shooting, Newsham stated. A hill separates the scene of the shooting and the area where an officer appeared to be trying to find a weapon.
Police stated in a “community instruction video” released at the very same time as the longer video that a gun can be seen in Kay's right hand when the video is viewed in sluggish movement.
Every D.C. officer has a body cam. The video cameras have a pre-roll function through which they can retain the previous 30 seconds of video once triggered.
Kay is the first person killed by authorities given that authorities reforms entered into effect this summer.
Emergency situation legislation authorized by the D.C. Council in June and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser the following month requires MPD to launch body video camera video within 5 days of any event in which officers utilize lethal or severe force. The department likewise is now needed to launch the names of included officers. Households have the alternative to see the video footage however prevent its release to the general public.
D.C. lawmakers passed the sweeping reforms amidst historical demonstrations in the city after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.