Protesters gathered in Washington, D.C., to continue demonstrations against the police department Monday in the wake of the shooting death of a unarmed black man on a motorcycle.
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Activists took to the streets on Columbus Day to draw attention to the death of 31-year-old Terrence Sterling. Friends and family of Sterling gathered at 3rd and M Streets Northwest where he died after suffering gunshot wounds to the neck and back following an altercation with officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Sept. 11. The group blocked traffic at the intersection of New York and New Jersey Avenue for roughly 10 minutes as part of the demonstration, reports WJLA.
Friends of Sterling said they will organize a protest on 3rd and M Streets Northwest every Monday indefinitely as authorities continue their investigation. Last week activists called on Mayor Muriel Bowser to release additional footage of the encounter between Sterling and police, but the mayor’s office declined due to privacy issues.
The officer who fired the shots did not have his body camera turned on prior to the incident and only activated it after firing on Sterling. Bowser released footage from the officer’s body camera two week ago, but protesters want more clarity on the shooting.