Police kill Black man in Washington days after similar case in LA

Man is shot dead by DC police as BLM protesters say 'we're on our way'

Man is shot dead by DC police as BLM protesters say 'we're on our way'

Deon Kay, who had just had 17 years old, was shot in the chest as he fled from the police in an area in the southeast of the city where he lived.

Chanting "say his name", "Deon Kay" and "no justice, no sleep", protesters on Thursday marched to the Mayor Muriel Bowser's residence, calling on her to fire the DC police chief, local television news station NBC4 reported.

Washington, Sep 3 (UNI) An 18-year-old boy suspected to be wielding a gun was fatally shot by the US Metropolitan Police Department personnel.

Metropolitan Police Department said officers approached individuals in a parked vehicle and Kay exited and began to run.

"Uniformed police officers had information that there were guys in the neighborhood with guns, specifically", said Police Chief Newsham said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Police said that after "life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead". However, officers did arrest Marcyelle Smith, 19, and Deonte Brown, 18, on charges of carrying a firearm without a license.

According to Chief Newsham, the victim was a "known member of a neighborhood gang" and had "a substantial" criminal record. "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".

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The shooting comes after several months of protests in major cities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Newsham encouraged people to watch the footage and "draw your own conclusions, in hindsight or not", when asked at which point Kay allegedly discarded a gun.

In the bodycam footage of the incident released Thursday, Alvarez can be seen exiting the passenger side of a squad vehicle and immediately running through the parking lot of an apartment complex. Alvarez then appears to look for a gun. The police claim that one of the occupants displayed a weapon, prompting the officers to fire their weapons. The officer could have used "less-lethal tactics" but chose to SHOOT him instead.

The shooting occurred on September 2nd, in the 200 block of Orange Street, SE.

Later on Wednesday night, videos posted on social media showed dozens of enraged protesters jostling with a line of police officers, who used bicycles to help form a barrier in front of the station.

"During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm".

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