Deon Kay, 18, was fatally shot by MPD on Sept. 2. (Courtesy Photo)
By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
Deon Kay of Southeast, D.C., just turned 18 a month ago, and while he may have been considered legal age by law when he was fatally shot by a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer on Sept. 2, his mother is now mourning the loss of her “baby.”
“They took my baby, they just took my baby from me,” his mother, Natasha Kay, told the Washington Post.
Kay and his mother lived about a half-mile from the 200 block of Orange Street Southeast, where he was fatally shot by MPD officer Alexander Alvarez shortly before 4 p.m., Sept. 2.
“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of 18-year-old Deon Kay, who was shot and killed by an MPD officer in the 200 block of Orange Street, S.E. Justice requires swift and transparent disclosure of the facts, including releasing the officer’s body camera video with the family’s consent. Anything less is unacceptable,” Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie wrote on Instagram after the fatal shooting.
The night of the incident, protestors took to Southeast to demonstrate against the police violence and demand justice for Kay; and issued a call, like Council member McDuffie, to release body camera footage.
The following day, on Sept. 3, MPD published a “Community Briefing Video,” which was “released pursuant to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020,” according to the Department’s website.
According to MPD’s description and the body camera footage, officers approached a parked vehicle and Kay ran out of the vehicle. The officers ran after Kay, who, only apparent in the edited, narrated, slow motion video posted by MPD, was holding what appeared to be a gun. Officer Alvarez, who joined MPD in 2018, shot Kay in the chest and then went to recover the firearm, which officers are heard saying in the body camera footage, Kay threw in the grass.
Officers administered first aid until D.C. Fire and EMS transported Kay to a local hospital, where he died.
Despite the release of the body camera footage, many activists, politicians and members of the community are still calling for further investigation and justice for Kay.
Stop Police Terror Project DC posted on Twitter, “We know how this will go: find ways to smear and discredit the victim, release extremely edited and chopped down body cam footage, claim that somehow an [18-year-old] kid running away made heavily armed officers ‘fear for their lives.’ We know how because this is always how it goes.
“But the people have had enough. We’ve watched these stories fall apart, time after time. We know #CopsLie. And we know that holding a weapon or looking suspicious shouldn’t be a death sentence. We won’t stop until the stops killing our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Until they stop traumatizing children and terrorizing communities. Until city officials either do something about it or get out of our way,” Stop Police Terror Project DC tweeted.