Washington, District of Columbia 2020-11-19 16:56:12 –
No federal criminal civil rights charges have been filed for the Washington DC police officer’s involvement in the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay, a US DC law firm announced Thursday.
Kay recently turned 18 and was preparing to take the GED test. He was intimate with his brother and the “leader of nature,” his teacher told DCist. In early September, Kay was shot deadly by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) police officers on Orange Street Southeast.
“We can’t disprove the claims of self-defense or the defense of others by the police involved,” the US Attorney General said Thursday. A representative of Kay’s family was informed of the decision, the office said.
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According to police, on September 2, he saw people in and around the car and was investigating reports of a man with a gun. The young people ran to see the policeman. Police say Kay pulled out his gun. Then a policeman fired and hit Kay. Kay was taken to George Washington University Hospital and died about 45 minutes after the shooting, police said.
MPD released a police body camera image two days later. The 11-minute video shows the shooting from the perspective of one officer and its aftermath. Only 7 seconds had passed since the policeman left the car and fired a deadly shot. Police said Kay’s gun was clearly visible in the video.
The video shows Kay holding a gun in his hand and raising his arm at about the same moment the policeman fired. In slow motion, the video shows that Kay appears to be trying to throw away his weapon when a cop fires at him, Mark Segraves of News4 previously reported.
Police said the gun was found about 98 feet away from the shooting site. Metropolitan Police Department Secretary Peter Newsham admitted that it seems like a long way to throw a weapon.
The prosecution said Thursday that the investigation did not determine whether Kay had intentionally thrown a gun or in response to the shooting.
The investigation was conducted by personnel from the Civil Rights and Civil Rights Department of the US Federal Attorney’s Office and the Interior Department of MPD. The investigation included a description of witnesses and officers, footage of the camera worn, evidence from the scene, and a review of autopsy and toxicology reports.
“This review found no evidence to support criminal charges,” said the US Federal Attorney’s Office.
A police spokesman said Thursday that MPD would now launch an executive investigation to determine if the use of force was within the department’s policy.
The spokesman was not convinced of the status of the officers in the department as of late Thursday afternoon.
Civil rights groups continue to criticize the killing of an 18-year-old boy by police in southeastern Washington last week. News4’s Mark Segraves told the local Black Lives Matter leader about the killing of Deon Kay.
Kay’s death triggered a protest in Washington, DC within hours. The demonstrators marched to the house of Mayor Muriel Bowser in Washington, DC and demanded that New Sham be fired.
At Kay’s funeral, the mourner said he wanted to celebrate his life and support his family in the wake of the tragedy.
“May God bless him and his family,” said one mourner.
Another called for a change in the system.
“Here this may have been avoided,” said the mourner.
Mark Segraves, Darcy Spencer and Andrea Swalec contributed to this report.
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