Protesters seek transparency in police shooting death of Terrence Sterling

- A protest was held Thursday night for a Maryland man shot to death by D.C. police while he was riding his motorcycle.

Protesters gathered on 3rd and M Streets in Northwest D.C. where 31-year-old Terrence Sterling was killed.

According to D.C. police, Sterling was spotted by an officer riding his motorcycle recklessly near the intersection of 17th and U Street, NW. Officers would later stop Sterling and police said he rammed the police vehicle with his bike in an attempt to get away. Officers would then open fire killing him. Sterling was unarmed and a police report said no weapon was found at the scene.

However, there have been conflicting witness accounts of the incident compared to what police have detailed. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the officer who fatally shot Sterling was wearing a body camera, but failed to turn it on until after the shooting.

During Thursday night’s protest, demonstrators passed out flyers while chanting, “We have questions, we need answers,” demanding for more transparency from police and the city about Sterling’s death. The city has not disclosed the officers’ names and has not released the body camera footage that was recorded by the officers.

Protesters said they will back out on 3rd and M Streets on Monday at 4:19 a.m., the time when Sterling was shot.

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