Protestors interrupt DC council swearing-in ceremony, Mayor’s 5k event

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WASHINGTON -- Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser helped lead the swearing in ceremony for the District’s 2017 council members.

The event was interrupted by protesters that stood up holding signs carrying the names of two black men shot and killed by officers with the Metropolitan Police Department in 2016.

“We went in there with an operation to get all the officials’ attention,” explained Minister Steven Douglass, after the protest.

“Going into this new year we come to play to games, justice needs to be served, accountability needs to step its game up,” expressed Douglass, who has been spearheading protests since his friend, Sterling was killed by an officer in the District in September.

Sunday, Javon Hall’s mother joined protestors at Mayor Bowser’s 5k event.  Dozens chanted, calling for the Mayor to release body camera footage from Christmas morning, when Hall was shot by an MPD officer who responded to a domestic violence situation involving Hall.

Moving into 2017, family members, friends, and thousands on social media are demanding justice for Sterling and Hall, more transparency and more compassion from city officials.

In September, Mayor Bowser released body camera video of what happened immediately after Sterling was shot, saying the officers’ cameras were not turned on prior to the shooting.  A protocol that has since been changed.

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