18-year-old Deon Kay, the latest victim of a police shooting, posted a video of himself brandishing a pistol moments before the attempted arrest and pursuit which ended in his death.
The video was soon after deleted from his Instagram account, which was then deactivated.
Police shot Deon during a pursuit on foot after responding to a call about a “man with a gun” in a car. When confronted by police, the 18-year-old attempted to flee but was fatally shot in the chest. The police report states that they retrieved Deon’s handgun as well as another pistol, belonging to a 19-year-old individual, who remained in the car during the arrest.
The shooting comes as police killings of black people have sparked nationwide protests and calls for sweeping police reform. The incident provoked an immediate outcry from BLM activists and a new wave of demonstrations in Washington DC.