Police release bodycam footage in fatal shooting of Deon Kay that sparked protests

first_imgKali9/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Washington, D.C., police released body camera footage Thursday of the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old Black man, following protests outside a police station and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home.The footage was shared less than 24 hours after Deon Kay was shot and killed by a patrol officer from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Seventh District in southeast Washington, D.C.“Our community is hurting, and we know that they want answers,” Bowser said at a press briefing Thursday. “We are still gathering all the facts in MPD, and my administration will conduct a full investigation of this incident.”According to MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham, officers responded to reports of “a man with a gun” at approximately 3:49 p.m. Police had seen a livestream on social media of the man, whom they knew, he said. Newsham did not indicate if the man was Kay.As police arrived on the scene, two individuals left a car and allegedly fled on foot with the officers in pursuit. The officer involved in the shooting was following one of the men, but stopped when the suspect “gained too much distance,” the chief said.When the officer turned around, “that’s when Deon Kay approached and displayed a handgun. And in response to that the officer fired one round,” Newsham said.Kay was shot once in the chest, Newsham said. Police rendered first aid and he was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the chief said.The officer saw Kay allegedly throw the firearm at some point during the incident. A handgun believed to be Kay’s was found nearly 100 feet from the scene of the shooting, Newsham said.Newsham described Kay as a “validated gang member” from the area. “I know that he’s had multiple touches with the criminal justice system,” he said, adding that it’s clear that Kay “fell through multiple safety nets before yesterday afternoon.”Two people at the scene were arrested, police said. A 19-year-old was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. He was allegedly in possession of an unregistered “ghost gun,” according to Newsham. An 18-year-old was charged with no permit for not having a driver’s license.The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is conducting an independent review surrounding the use of force, Newsham said.The officer who discharged his weapon was identified as Alexander Alvarez, in compliance with police reforms enacted in July that requires MPD to release the names of officers involved in the use of deadly or serious force. The reforms also require MPD to release body camera footage within five days of such an incident. The legislation passed amid protests over police brutality after the death of George Floyd while 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.“One of the reasons we put it out as quickly as we did is because there’s a lot of misinformation in the current climate that we have, not only here in Washington, D.C., but across the country,” Newsham said. “Misinformation can lead potentially to some disturbances in our city, and that’s the last thing that we wanted to see.”In the bodycam footage of the incident released Thursday, Alvarez can be seen exiting the passenger side of a squad car and immediately running through the parking lot of an apartment complex. During the shaky, quick-moving footage, he can be heard saying “Don’t move” several times before the sound of gunfire. Kay is then seen falling to the ground.Following the shooting, an officer can be heard saying, “He tossed it down there.” Alvarez then appears to look for a gun. “I gotta find it,” he says. About two minutes after the shooting, he says, “I got it right here.”“This is the one that he was holding,” Alvarez can be heard telling a second officer, whose face is blurred.Alvarez later asks the other officer, “Is he in bad shape?” To which the officer responds, “Don’t worry about it right now.”Alvarez starts to move back toward the scene of the shooting when the officer tells him to “stay right there.”“I know you’re worried about everything that’s going on. Don’t worry, people are taking care of everything else,” the officer says.During the footage, the second officer can be heard talking to a dispatcher about a suspect that had allegedly fled on foot. “It’s a possibility he might be armed as well,” the officer says.On Thursday, the department shared images of two recovered handguns.Following news of the police-involved shooting, protesters gathered outside of the Seventh District police station Wednesday night. More than two dozen protesters also demonstrated in front of Bowser’s home Thursday morning, demanding that the police chief be fired.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Real Madrid boss Perez tackles Ronaldo problem

first_imgFlorentino Pérez’s first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president on Monday will be to appease superstar Cristiano Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave.“As no other candidature was put forward to the board … it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real Madrid,” the Spanish and European champions said in a statement.The 70-year-old construction magnate’s third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club spanning 15 years — 2000-2006 and since 2009 — will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago-Bernabéu Stadium later Monday.And among the first issues he will have to deal with is superstar Ronaldo — who he bought in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).Ronaldo is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.The frenzy of speculation began soon after Ronaldo was accused last week of a 14.7 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies.The Portuguese international is currently in Russia competing for the European champions in the Confederations Cup.And according to Spanish sports daily Marca, Ronaldo has told his teammates: “I’m leaving Real. I have made a decision. There is no turning back.”Portuguese sports daily A Bola also claimed that Perez had already been informed of the 32-year-old’s decision.There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.Among the clubs reported to be interested in Ronaldo is former club Manchester United for a fee which could hit 200 million euros, with a possible get-out clause of one billion euros.Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017.Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also reported to be interested.Under Perez, Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles in four seasons. The club — which also won La Liga last season — lead the way in the elite European competition with 12 trophies.Perez’s opponents have criticised reforms in the club statutes which have toughened criteria for aspiring candidates.Candidates must now have been a member of Real for over 20 years, compared to the old requirement of 10 years, and have a personal fortune of over 75 million euros.last_img read more