Anti-Police Sentiments Rage On In Southeast DC

10:06 PM, Apr 27, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A day after an 18-year old man was killed by police in a Southeast DC neighborhood residents there continue to demand answers.

DC Police confirm a plain clothes officer shot and killed 18-year old Rafael Briscoe after he ran from them along the 2400 block of Elvans Rd., Southeast, Tuesday afternoon. The officer was part of an undercover detail known as the Gun Recovery Unit, a group of officers tasked with taking guns off the streets. Investigators say a BB gun resembling a real handgun was found on Briscoe.

The shooting has sparked outrage among community members who held a vigil for Briscoe Wednesday evening. Neighbors who live in the area are now turning their frustration at the police, claiming Briscoe was shot in the back and never threatened the officer.

Cherie Smith, Briscoe's grandmother, said, "The police senselessly shot and killed my grandson, and they are making up all kinds of excuses for them doing it."

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier will only say the incident is under a full investigation. On Wednesday she said, "In any instance when we have use of force, especially deadly force that's a serious matter and we'll make sure that it's handled properly."

The events of the shooting were captured by a police surveillance camera along Elvans Rd. 9NEWS NOW has officially requested a copy of the surveillance video from DC Police.

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