Video cameras being in so many places sure is an amazing thing.
You are able to account for pretty much every moment that something happened. That way if you find yourself in a position that you need to defend yourself you can just to to the video.
It is the reason why I videotape every meeting I have with a client, that way nobody can ever accuse me of saying something I did not.
The police involved in the shooting death of 18-year-old Deon Kay have already been found guilty in some courts of public opinion.
On Wednesday night, protesters gathered outside the home of Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser. They chanted the usual phrases — “Black lives matter” and “Hands up,” according to Fox News — but some went a bit further than that.
“If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no sleep,” demonstrators could be heard chanting, as per a video posted on social media. “If we don’t get it, burn it down.”
“Justice” assumes that the police are guilty.
At that time, the officers said Kay had brandished a weapon and pointed it at them before he was shot earlier in the day. The protesters apparently didn’t buy that — and were willing to “burn it down” if they didn’t get their justice, which sounds a bit more minatory than just giving Bowser insomnia.
On Thursday morning, at least from accounts from WJLA-TV, things were a bit more peaceful outside of Bowser’s home, although there were still protests, this time from Sunrise Movement DC. They were demanding two things: the firing of Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham, citing an “inordinate amount of aggression by police” toward demonstrators, and the release of body camera video of the Kay shooting.
“The mayor may or may not come out of her house but we’re going to tell her to her face that she needs to fire Newsham and that real police reforms are needed. Anything short of defunding the police is not real police reform,” said Crystal Gong of Sunrise Movement DC.
By the end of Thursday, they had at least one of those things — and it showed the rush to judgment was uncalled for.
In the video, Kay can be clearly be seen with a firearm in his hand. As he’s being shot, he throws it away.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic violence that some viewers will find disturbing.
However, it happened so quickly that the officer — identified as Alexander Alvarez, according to WTTG-TV — said in a statement he merely saw Kay draw the gun. In fact, it would’ve been impossible to see were it not slowed down.