Police shot an 18-year-old black man dead in Washington D.C. Wednesday afternoon, September 2, leading to angry clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and police outside a police building.
The man shot has been identified as Devone Kay, an 18 year old. He was allegedly shot in the back by Metropolitan Police as he was fleeing from a car police suspected to be carrying weapons.
Kay’s death sparked angry protests between Black Lives Matter protesters and police outside a DC police building through out Wednesday night.The shooting is now under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau and the police officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave.
The scene of protests show lots of Black Lives matter supporters protesting against the police shooting of another Black man as the number of racial police killings keeps on piling up.The Protesters blockaded the entrance to the police building, yelling “move back” just as DC police use their Trek bikes to form a barrier between the building and protesters. The Protesters raised their arms in solidarity and chanted “who keeps us safe” “we keep us safe” outside the police building.
Other protesters yelled phrases well associated with Black Lives Matter protests, including “Say his name” followed by “Deon Kay” and a call and response of “Who keeps us safe?” “We keep us safe.”
The Black Lives Matter DC Twitter account had previously tweeted the news immediately after it happened and said they were en route to the street.
“Breaking! @DCPoliceDept shot someone in S.E.!!! MLK Ave. SE & Mellon St. SE!!!!,” the tweet read.
“No way they get away with this. Don’t let the media black this out like they always do!!! Don’t let MPD control the narrative! Police lie!!!!! We’re on our way.”
Freedom Fighters DC also tweeted a call to action, saying “Please mobilize with us. MPD will no longer control the narrative.” They scheduled a protest at the scene with BLM DC at 6:30PM.
A statement put out by the police department hours after the incident occurred details the sequence of events Newsham had referred to. At about 3:51PM, uniformed patrol officers of the MPD’s Seventh District responded to a group of allegedly armed people in a car in the 200 block of Orange Street SE.
When they arrived, they found people in and around the car. “Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot,” the statement read. “During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm.”
“In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect,” the statement continued. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services rushed Kay to the hospital for life-threatening injuries but he could not be saved.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 3, 2020
“I’m tired of that shyt because my tax money just paid for that young man to get murdered” #DeonKay
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) September 3, 2020