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The Metropolitan Police Department released body camera footage today of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Deon Kay.
Officer Alexander Alvarez has been identified as the officer who shot Kay.
The redacted body camera video shows Alvarez exit his police cruiser and begin chasing two people who ran from a parked car, Chief Peter Newsham said during a briefing this afternoon.
As he runs, the video shows Alvarez turn to look toward Kay, who is running behind him. Alvarez then says “Don’t move, don’t move, don’t move,” and almost simultaneously fires once, striking Kay in the chest.
“The officer did provide a statement, and he indicated he saw the suspect, who was approaching from the rear, brandish a weapon when he turned around, and as a result, in response to that … he fired one round,” Newsham said. “And then he saw the individual throw the weapon.”
Newsham said the gun that police believe was in Kay’s possession was found nearly 100 feet away.
Asked about the distance between where Kay was shot and where police found the gun, Newsham said, “That does seem like a long way to throw a weapon.”
He said officers recovered one other gun and arrested two people: one for carrying a pistol without a permit and the other for driving without a license.
On the cover, contributing writer Will Lennon combs through court documents that appear to show MPD sharing information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, despite the District’s status as a sanctuary city. One D.C. resident, according to court documents, was targeted twice since 2019. Both MPD and ICE say they do not collaborate. The mayor even committed $2.5 million in 2020 to the Immigrant Justice Legal Service grant program, which funds legal services, “Know Your Rights” workshops, and other resources intended to support undocumented residents. Read the full story here.
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- D.C. artist Kelly Wahl takes taxidermy to the next level by creating semi-realistic animals without a hint of real skin or bones, and she’ll teach you how on Sept. 5.
- The National Museum of African Art’s exhibition I Am… features the arresting work of multiple contemporary African women artists.
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