BLM gathers in Washington DC after cops shot and killed an 18-year-old black man: Protesters confront officers outside a police precinct just days after violent protests
- The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon and comes amid nationwide unrest over police violence; the victim has been named Deon Kay, 18
- His mother Natasha said: ‘They took my baby, I need my son back’
- BLM DC said: ‘Don’t let MPD control the narrative! Police lie! We’re on our way’
- Police Chief Peter Newsham said: ‘We believe the subject had a gun at the time’
Black Lives Matter protesters have gathered outside a police precinct in Washington DC after police shot and killed an 18-year-old black man Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened at around 4pm and comes amid nationwide unrest over police violence.
The victim has been named Deon Kay, who just turned 18. His mother Natasha told The Washington Post: ‘They took my baby, they just took my baby from me. I need my son back, I want my son back.’
Black Lives Matter D.C. tweeted: ‘Don’t let MPD control the narrative! Police lie! We’re on our way.’ Footage shows protesters confronting officers outside a police precinct.
Police Chief Peter Newsham said: ‘Uniformed police officers had information that there were guys in the neighborhood with guns, specifically.
‘That’s what they were looking for and evidently that’s what they found. We believe the subject had a gun at the time.’
A man was shot dead by police in Washington DC Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at around 4pm and comes amid nationwide unrest over police violence
Councilmember Trayon White said the victim was a ‘young’ African American man
Newsham said the suspects had fled on foot when approached by police; one man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say two guns were retrieved from the scene.
White added: ‘We’ve seen this narrative too many times in America, and now it’s hitting home. I talked to his mom about 15 minutes ago and we want to figure out what’s on the body camera footage, to figure out if he was running away why was he shot?
‘[Police] said two weapons were recovered, but when the question was asked, ‘was he armed?’ there was no straight answer, so we want to get the facts of what happened to this young man.’
Police had earlier tweeted: ‘Preliminary information in reference to an MPD Officer Involved Shooting in the 200 blk of Orange St SE. An adult male was taken to a local hospital. A firearm has been recovered on the scene. Chief Newsham will provide an update momentarily.’