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18-year-old #DeonKay -reportedly pictured in this video uploaded to Instagram- was shot and killed by the @DCPoliceDept during an incident, yesterday where Metropolitan PD Chief Peter Newsham stated: "We believe the suspect had a gun at the time" and a firearm recovered at...
...the scene -what appears to be a @BERSAUSA_EAGLE TPR45C- matches with the firearm brandished by an individual in the Instagram video (left).

Bersa TPR45C: bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/lifestyl…

Chief Newsham provided an account of the incident including why it was that officers were...
...on the scene in the first place. @HeavySan has reported, along with the @WashingtonPost that #DeonKay was brandishing a firearm at the time that he was shot. heavy.com/news/2020/09/d…

Per the Wash. Post, City officials have confirmed that there IS bodycam footage and that...
...they will be releasing it.

The @washingtonpost article is paywalled, however, per @HeavySan relaying their information:

"They told the newspaper that at least two officers are seen in the video approaching the described car in a parking lot. They also confirmed seeing..."
"...the ensuing “foot chase.”

Kay is then seen pulling a gun from his waist as an officer runs past the vehicle, the officials said.

Footage shows the other officer then firing and striking the 18-year-old in the chest, The Post reported."

Based on available information it...
...appears as though the #DeonKay incident will have been a justified shooting of an armed suspect brandishing a gun, however, protests have already begun with @DMVBlackLives stating "DC police murdered a Black man today."



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How these events will unfold in the wake of the death of #GeorgeFloyd and the shooting of #JacobBlake is not entirely clear, however, with the local #BLM affiliate asserting that #DeonKay was "murdered" it's questionable as to if demonstrations will remain peaceful or for how...
...long.

In reviewing tweets by those sympathetic to #DeonKay I noticed an early pattern of him being referred to as a "child." Kay was 18 years old and, while not legally permitted to own or carry a handgun in the District of Columbia, he was of the age of majority; an adult.
Gun recovered at the scene, still from the Instagram video, front and right profiles of the Bersa Thunder Pro Ultra Compact 45ACP Duo-Tone:
It should also be noted that, as per District of Columbia laws regarding handguns, one must be at least 21 years of age and have a permit to carry a handgun in DC; open carry is not permitted.
For those seeking a citation of the above information:

mpdc.dc.gov/node/1286876

It may be possible that Kay had obtained permission from a parent or guardian to apply and take the necessary, police-provided course, however, only having just turned 18 that much is unlikely.
The #DeonKay bodycam video has been released by @DCPoliceDept and can be viewed here:



#JusticeForDeon #JusticeForDeonKay #BlackLivesMatter
In the video, officers can be heard issuing a "don't move" order four times prior to #DeonKay being shot after a pistol can be seen in his right hand (screencapture taken at 1:30).

Based on this evidence it would appear that the police-involved shooting of Deon Kay was...
...justified with #DeonKay being given multiple chances to comply.

#JusticeForDeon narratives dispelled by this body camera video:

>"Deon was unarmed;" clearly holding the duotone Bersa TPR45UC (note the darker colour of the pistol's frame contrasted against the slide)
>"#DeonKay was shot, multiple times, in the back;" Kay is clearly shot by the officer directly in front of him and the officer discharges his weapon only once

It will be interesting to see how the #JusticeForDeon/#JusticeForDeonKay/#BlackLivesMatter supporters respond to the...
...release of this video, however, it can now, fairly, be said that the officer-involved shooting of #DeonKay was, indeed, justified.
For reference, the images attached to this tweet are:

>Cropped frame from the body cam of the officer who shot #DeonKay; Deon enlarged & the gun circled

>Stock image of Bersa TPR45c; suspected gun held by Kay

>Image of gun said to have been in Kay's possession at the scene
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