Police in Washington, DC on Thursday released body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a young black man in the southeastern city, which sparked protests in the U.S. capital.
The murder of 18-year-old Deon Kay on Wednesday sparked a nighttime confrontation between police and dozens of protesters outside a city police station.
In police footage, a policeman can be seen getting out of a vehicle and running between parked cars shouting “Don’t move”. A single shot is heard, and a man is then seen falling to the ground.
The police department said Kay had “brandished a gun” at officers.
But protesters took to the streets Thursday morning to demand accountability for the shooting, which comes amid a national protest movement decrying police violence against blacks and increased national and local control over police tactics.
Shouting “say her name”, “Deon Kay” and “no justice, no sleep”, several dozen people marched to the residence of Mayor Muriel Bowser, calling on him to fire the Washington police chief, DC, local television station NBC4 reported.
At a press conference later Thursday, Bowser offered his condolences to Kay’s family and said an investigation was underway.
“Our community is suffering and we know they want answers,” she said. “We always collect all the facts and [the Metropolitan Police Department] and my administration will conduct a full investigation into this incident. ”
MPD chief Peter Newsham said Thursday that Kay was one of two people who fled when approached by uniformed officers investigating reports of a man with a gun In the region.
“Two individuals fled on foot and the officers pursued them, one of the men brandished a gun on his belt as he fled,” Newsham said at the press conference.
“In response, an MPD officer discharged his service weapon with a single shot at the individual. ”
Police said the other man, who escaped from police, and Kay were taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
In a statement on Wednesday, police included photos of the handgun they said Kay was carrying, as well as the weapon of another of his companions who was arrested.
The local Black Lives Matter affiliate called for immediate protests outside the MPD 7th District headquarters, saying in a tweet: “DC police murdered a black man today. “
– Black Lives Matter DC (@DMVBlackLives) 3 septembre 2020
Videos posted to social media on Wednesday evening showed dozens of enraged protesters jostling with a line of police, who used bicycles to help form a barrier outside the station.
The police killings of blacks sparked protests across the country and calls for sweeping police reform, prompting local DC Council efforts to bring greater transparency to these incidents.
In June, following the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, the council passed emergency legislation requiring the MPD to broadcast all body camera footage from fatal shootings or incidents of human rights within five days. use of force. The ministry must also disclose the names of the officers concerned.
In July, the city released body camera footage from three separate fatal incidents dating back to 2018.
Kay’s shooting also comes after a video was posted showing a fatal incident involving police in Rochester, New York.
Daniel Prude, a black man, died of suffocation in March after a group of police put a hood over his head and then pressed his face against the sidewalk for two minutes. Prude died seven days after the incident when he was removed from the life support system.