When we started this blog three years ago, I never imagined I’d be covering a police protest in our own community. After the death of 20-year-old Karon Hylton last Friday, Black Lives Matter DC organized several nights of protest at the Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District Headquarters on Georgia Avenue NW.
Mr. Hylton, who was riding an electric moped, was killed in a crash with a vehicle as he fled a police cruiser, allegedly for not wearing a helmet. The circumstances surrounding the young man’s death are still under investigation. MPD released portions of the officers’ body-worn camera footage on Thursday.
Here are links to some major media coverage of this incident:
- WUSA 9 – WATCH: DC police release body cam footage of chase, fatal moped accident of Karon Hylton
- Washington Post – Police video shows fatal crash as D.C. officers attempt to stop moped driver
- NBC 4 – Protests at DC Police Station Raise Concerns About Impact on Neighborhood
The scene of the protest was surreal. Sporadic rainfall dampened the streets. When I arrived around 8:45 pm, MPD had cordoned off a three-block section of Georgia Avenue. All local stores, including Walmart, appeared to be closed. Protesters quietly organized their plans from their staging area in the McDonald’s parking lot, while the police stood in front of the headquarters building behind a line of metal barricades.
Suddenly, the signal was given, and the activists marched across the street to begin their protest.
The protesters were well organized. In addition to rain gear, many also wore goggles and gas masks in preparation for tear gas. Every single person wore a face covering. Their chants were aggressive and clearly design to get under the skin of the monitoring police officers.
The videos below contain strong language.
Black Lives Matter DC plans to continue the protest every night until the election.