Before the sun came up Monday morning, protesters had gathered at Third and M streets in Northwest Washington, D.C., to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Terrence Sterling, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by police after his motorcycle hit a cruiser.
The morning began with a candlelight vigil at 4:20 a.m., the same time last year that officers reported a motorcycle was driving erratically around the Northwest D.C. neighborhood. A protest was scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.
Sterling was killed in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2016, as he was driving toward the 3rd Street Tunnel on his way home from a bachelor party earlier that night. According to Fox 5 DC, two witnesses on the scene reported that a police cruiser, responding to reports of a motorcycle driving erratically, swerved in front of Sterling’s bike, causing him to hit the police car.
Sterling’s family and community are still seeking answers.
Sterling’s family’s lawyers told Fox 5 DC that they are still trying to gain access to footage from a Department of Homeland Security camera on Third and M, which they say captured the entire shooting. They also want that footage to be made public by Mayor Bowser. Sterling’s family has also filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Trainer.