Washington DC, police have released bodycam footage showing the moment cops shot and killed 18-year-old Deon Kay. The video shows that Kay was armed with a pistol while he was running away, CBS reported.
The police video shows the grim scene take place. Officers can be seen chasing Kay on foot before cornering him with their gun drawn, ordering him not to move before unloading their weapons. Kay is seen running with a gun in his hand, before tossing it ’98 feet away’ after he encounters police.
Deon Kay a young Black man died on Wednesday after he was shot in the chest once by a Metropolitan Police officer identified on Thursday as Alexander Alvarez. Authorities stated that Kay was one of two people who fled on foot Wednesday afternoon after he and another man were approached while sitting in their vehicle by uniformed cops investigating reports of a man with a gun near the 200 block of Orange Street.
As police arrived on the scene, two individuals then left a car and allegedly fled on foot with the officers in pursuit of chasing them.
During the chase, Kay openly brandishes a weapon, prompting the officer to open fire in response, according to the MPD.
Officers in the video can be heard telling Kay, “Don’t move! Don’t move!” multiple times as Kay runs towards them with a gun visibly in his hand He then tossed the weapon ’98 feet away’, according to police.
The tantalizing footage shows the officer firing one single round, striking Kay in the chest, causing him to fall on the ground grasping his chest.
The cop is then seen searching for the gun near a grassy area where it was thrown, as he explains what happened to two other cops as they arrive at the crime scene.
During a press conference, Police Chief Peter Newsham said Kay was a “validated gang member” who was known to law enforcement.
“I know he’s a validated gang member from the area and I know that he has had multiple touches with the criminal justice system,” Newsham said.
The police statement released on Twitter included pictures of the handgun they say Kay had been carrying, as well of the gun of another of his companions who was arrested.
MPD is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on 9/2/20 in the 200 block of Orange Street, SE in which an officer shot at 18 year-old Deon Kay after he brandished a firearm at responding officers.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 3, 2020
The situation is currently under investigation and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while that investigation takes place.
The release of the footage comes after a night of unrest in D.C. over the police-involved shooting.
At least a dozen activists from the Sunrise Movement also rallied outside Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home on Thursday morning, holding signs reading, “Defund or Resign” and “No justice, no sleep”, demanding Bowser fire Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham and defund the police department.
Video shared on Twitter showed one protester speaking into a megaphone saying: ‘If you don’t defund the police then you shouldn’t bother running for re-election.’
Bowser responded with a statement about the shooting stating the following:
“We know how tragic any loss of life is in our city and I’d like to offer my condolences to the family of Deon Kay,’ Bowser said, adding that the city is ‘still gathering all the facts.”
A video posted by N2Sreports shows demonstrators gathering chanting: ‘If we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no sleep.”
Kay’s 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.”
The ACLU responded saying the shooting was unjustified writing, that “the officer made no attempt to de-escalate, there was no warning or directive given to Kay to drop a weapon — a weapon that Kay appears to have thrown in the air and which was recovered almost 100 feet from his body.”
“The D.C. police department’s approach to gun recovery has been dangerous and ineffective for years. The tragic shooting and death of 18-year-old Deon Kay is the logical conclusion of a policy that not only meets violence with violence, but actually escalates and incites it — especially in our Black communities. In addition to being unsuccessful in reducing gun violence in the District, the Metropolitan Police Department’s tactics ignore the complexities of why young people like Deon may have guns to begin with,” Monica Hopkins, executive director, ACLU of the District of Columbia said.
She added, “the time is overdue for D.C. to rehaul its approach to ending gun violence and focus on non-police solutions that address the underlying roots of community violence instead of continuing aggressive police tactics that lead to more fear in communities, more shootings by police, more death, and more family and community trauma.”
You can watch the unfortunate fatal shooting of Deon Kay below, warning the footage is graphic.