PRESS RELEASE: Family of D’Quan Young Responds to Refusal to Prosecute His Killer

Washington D.C. -- One year and two months after D’Quan Young was shot and killed by an off-duty Metropolitan Police Officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has refused to prosecute Young’s killer, or even release his name. Stop Police Terror Project DC (SPTP-DC) and Black Lives Matter DC join Young’s family in denouncing this decision for what it is: an unjust, dishonest mockery of justice.

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SPTP DC, BLM DC, & Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green Letter to Council Re: Proposed MPD Union Contract

We strongly encourage the Committee to seriously consider whether the proposed CBA is the direction we should be going, and to explore whether rejecting this agreement and forcing the parties to negotiate the full scope of their agreement would be better for our city. At the very least, we ask that the Committee allow itself enough time to conduct a proper analysis and consideration of the proposal before allowing it to take effect.

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Letter to Police Chief Peter Newsham: Accessibility to Public Viewing of the Hearing of Officer Brian Trainer

To ensure a level of transparency and access to the public, Stop Police Terror Project-DC - along with Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100, Showing Up For Racial Justice DC, No Justice No Pride and the Terrence Sterling Campaign For Community Safety - has asked Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham to livestream Officer Brian Trainer's public hearing tomorrow. We urge our communities members throughout the District to do the same by tweeting Chief Newsham, calling (202) 727-4218 and emailing him at peter.newsham@dc.gov. #FireTrainer

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BYP100, Black Lives Matter DC, and Stop Police Terror Project DC statement on the tragic death of Makiyah Wilson and ongoing community and police violence

Washington, District of Columbia - July 18, 2018: Due to the neglect of Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Donahue, Chief Newsham, and Councilmembers, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson is dead and her mother was left holding her child’s lifeless body. Today we send our deepest condolences to the family of Makiyah Wilson, to the Clay Terrace community, and to all of those in Ward 7 who see the impact of violence everyday.

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DC Activists: Metropolitan Police Department’s Violence, Recklessness, and Lack of Accountability Requires Immediate, Substantive Action from Elected Officials

On Wednesday, May 9th, an off-duty officer with the Metropolitan Police Department opened fire in northeast DC, killing 24-year-old D’Quan Young. Witnesses report that the officer “shot wildly, as children ran for their lives,” and that the officer reloaded his weapon and continued shooting after D’Quan Young was on the ground. This follows the May 4th killing of Jeffrey Price - in which MPD’s narrative of innocence directly contradicts witness accounts - and the recent lawsuit filed against the DC government for its failure to collect stop and frisk data required by the NEAR Act. April Goggans, a Core Organizer of Black Lives Matter DC, and Eugene Puryear, co-founder and core organizer of Stop Police Terror Project-DC released the following statement in response:

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Sign-On Letter: MPD (March 2018)

STOP POLICE TERROR PROJECT DC, BLACK LIVES MATTER DC, #KEEPDC4ME AND 51 SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND THE D.C. COUNCIL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TAKING TESTIMONY ON ISSUES OF RACISM AND VIOLENCE WITHIN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

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