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After years of public outcry, Mayor Muriel Bowser released body-worn camera video of three 2018 incidents where officers killed Black men—Marqueese Alston, D’Quan Young, andJeffrey Price. Two types of videos will be shared on the Metropolitan Police Department website. One is a packaged video where the department provides context ahead of the body-worn camera video, and the other is the full redacted footage. Only the former has been published online so far. Bowser is also releasing the names of the officers involved in the fatal incidents. [Names of officers can be found here.] 

“We know that any loss of life is tragic,” said Bowser during a Friday press conference. “It is hard to watch in almost all cases … I think sometimes people think that in viewing body-worn camera footage, it’s going to tell the whole story and it doesn’t. And frequently, people are left still wanting to know more.” 

The Council recently passed police reform legislation requiring the mayor and MPD to release such information. The emergency legislation, in effect for 225 days until the Council passes permanent legislation, came in the wake of large-scale protests over police brutality and anti-Black racism. And Bowser signed the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act into law last week. 

Some family members of those killed by police have been calling on the mayor to release footage. “Tell this mayor to release the body cam,” Kenithia Alston, the mother of Marqueese, told the Post.   

So why did it take so long? 

“We actually follow the law,” said Bowser, in response to this very question. Prior to the Council’s emergency legislation, the mayor could have released footage in “matters of significant public interest.” Bowser said she has released three videos for this reason. 

When asked what the police chief thought about the law requiring his department to release footage, Chief Peter Newsham said “The Council has determined that this is the law of the land and we’re going to abide by it.”

MPD did not release footage for four other killings, including one as recent as July 24 where an officer struck and killed Devonne Harris with a car. In all four cases, family members requested that footage not be publicly released. This included footage related to the 2017 killings of Timothy Williams and Isabelle Duval, along with the 2019 killing of Eric Carter. MPD officers have killed 10 people since 2014.  

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