FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 19, 2016
BYP100 DC on the Murder of Terrence Sterling
Young Black activists demand that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) release the names of cops who murdered Terrence
Washington, D.C. – The DC Chapter of BYP100 is demanding that the names of the officers involved in the murder of Terrence Sterling, 31, be released and they be fired.
Sterling was killed on September 11 by Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) when officers opened fire on him after his motorcycle crashed into a police cruiser. In a violation of protocol, the officers disobeyed orders to not pursue Terrence and turned off their body cameras before shooting and killing him.
“MPD and their ‘Special Police’ mercenary counterparts have no interest in protecting or serving Black lives.” said Erin Shields, co-chair of the DC Chapter of BYP100. “Terrence’s death illuminates why we fight to divest from police and invest resources in Black communities. Investments in officer-worn body cameras and sensitivity trainings for police do not reduce frequency or increase accountability in police killings of civilians. They simply expand police budgets. Those funds should be taken away from police departments and invested into our communities.”
Last year, DC’s “Special Police” force shot and killed Alonzo Smith, 27, at Marbury Plaza apartments in Anacostia while he was naked and running through a hallway. No public information is available on the officers involved in that shooting.
Call MPD Interim Chief of Police, Peter Newsham, to demand MPD release the names of the officers involved in the shooting and their termination at (202) 727-9099.
BYP100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do our work through a Black queer feminist lens.