Washington, DC

Update from the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a joint statement in response to President Donald Trump threatening to revoke federal funding from cities.

“Our cities, and the millions of Americans who we represent, are not President Trump’s political pawns. We are confronting unprecedented challenges–fighting back a pandemic and economic devastation without another stimulus. Now, instead of leadership from the White House, we are faced with new attacks that are unlawful, unconstitutional and will be undoubtedly defeated in court. President Trump needs to wake up to the reality facing our cities–and our entire country–and realize he is not above the law.”

The Washington Post reported:

“President Trump on Wednesday approved a memo that the White House said is intended to begin restricting federal funding from going to certain Democratic-led cities that the administration determines to be “anarchist jurisdictions,” aiming to levy an extraordinary attack on political opponents just months ahead of the 2020 election.

It specifically calls for a review of federal funding that goes to Portland, Ore.; New York City; Seattle; and D.C.

See memo: Read More

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Update 1pm: The Body Worn Camera footage can be seen here (warning graphic.)

The Washington Post reported:

“Two city officials who viewed police body camera video of the incident said at least two officers approached a vehicle in a parking lot and a foot chase began. As one officer ran past the vehicle, the officials said the footage shows Kay pulling a gun from his waist. The officials said the officer fired, appearing to strike Kay in the chest.

City officials said they plan to publicly release the body camera footage as soon as Thursday.

Some people near the shooting scene questioned the police account. On Wednesday night, a few dozen demonstrators, including some of Kay’s family members, converged at the 7th District police station.”

WTOP reported this morning:

“Protesters took to the streets in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, calling for change in the wake of a teen shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon in Southeast.

About a dozen protesters gathered outside the mayor’s house chanting “no justice, no peace” with police nearby.”

From MPD:

“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the 200 block of Orange Street, Southeast.

At approximately 3:51 pm, uniformed patrol officers of the Seventh District responded to the listed location to investigate a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspect to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead. The other suspect made good their escape and was not apprehended.

The decedent has been identified as 18 year-old Deon Kay, of Southeast, DC. Read More

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Photo by Tim Brown

From The Nationals:

“The Phillies and Nationals players have collectively decided to postpone tonight’s game.

We support their decision to use their platform to call attention to the racial and social injustice that continues to exist in our country. We will continue to stand behind our players and those on the front lines working to generate accountability and real change in our society.”

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Photo by Victoria Pickering: “Shanna Lim, with gold-color body paint, as Lady Liberty in an Artists Against Racism video filming on Black Lives Matter Plaza”

“Dear PoPville,

My heart tells me to join the March on Washington this Friday/weekend, but I don’t feel comfortable in such a large gathering. Does anyone know of any smaller, neighborhood versions of protests/demonstrations being organized? Especially any that children are welcome at?

Thanks!
your neighbor in Woodridge”

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“Dear PoPville,

I am a cofounder of an organization called Fuel the People which raises money to feed protestors through partnerships with local Black & POC-owned restaurants. Our mission is to nourish protestors while also supporting and uplifting local businesses. Since we started in June, we’ve fed over 16,000 protestors in DC & NY. We’re currently raising money to support protests commemorating the March on Washington throughout the upcoming weekend in DC, and would greatly appreciate it if you could share our GoFundMe.”

The Post reports:

“A civil rights rally timed to the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, is expected to bring thousands to the same spot on Friday.

Headlined by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be joined by King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, and family members of several men and women who were killed by law enforcement officers, the demonstration will conclude a week of large-scale events in the nation’s capital, including days of protests and a fireworks display over the Washington Monument to mark the end of the Republican National Convention.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department would like to announce on Friday, August 28, 2020, the Commitment March: “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” along with other First Amendment demonstrations, will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these events, there will be extensive street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from approximately 12:00 am to 11:59 pm: Read More

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