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.)
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.