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After law-enforcement officers fatally shot black men in Baton Rouge and near Minneapolis this week, the local chapter of Black Lives Matter is organizing what members call a “protest against police murder” today in Ward 8.
The demonstration is set to begin at 7 p.m. outside the Congress Heights Metro station, according to the group. There, participants will proceed to the Seventh District station of the Metropolitan Police Department, located approximately a 30-minute walk away at 2455 Alabama Ave. SE. (City Desk has reached out to MPD for comment.)https://twitter.com/DMVBlackLives/status/751112443988934658https://twitter.com/KeepDC4Me/status/751115463233409024
In addition to the Louisiana and Minnesota killings, the District on Thursday released body-worn camera footage following the fatal shooting by officers of 63-year-old Sherman Evans on June 27. The investigation into his death is ongoing, but law-enforcement officials say Evans was “brandishing” a weapon on the 100 block of Varnum Street NE that night. It was later determined to be a BB gun.