Several police officers in Washington, D.C., have suffered injuries, while the second night of protests in the country’s capital city continues to protest the police death of a 20-year-old black man named Karon Hylton.
The number of officers injured and the extent of their injuries is still unclear, according to local news station WUSA-TV. It is also unclear how many demonstrators and other citizens may have been injured by police during protests.
Wednesday night’s protests began at a candlelight vigil for Hylton at Kennedy and 7th Streets, where he was fatally hit by a car last Friday after police chased him because he was not wearing a helmet when riding his moped.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told the Washington Post that police are not allowed to pursue vehicles for traffic violations.
Wednesday’s protest turned into a march through the neighborhood, with police using pepper spray and flashbulbs to keep protesters away from a nearby police station. According to the Washington Post, citizens broke a train station window and the window of a police vehicle there the night before.
The protesters beat the officers with water bottles, insults, shouts of “Who are you protecting?” and at least one chain of fireworks while a police helicopter circled above them and the officers tried to drive the crowd away, the Post said.
Hylton’s death occurred at the hospital three days after his collision with a car on Friday. Around 10:10 p.m. local time that day, police tried to stop him because he was not wearing a helmet when he was riding his moped. To avoid the police, Hylton drove his vehicle on the sidewalk before turning into an alley and finally colliding with a car on the adjacent street.
Hylton’s death left behind his three month old daughter, his girlfriend and mother of his child, Amaala Jones-Bey, and his mother, Karen Hylton.
At Wednesday night’s vigil, Karen Hylton called on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials to provide answers about how her son died.
Although the officials involved in his persecution were carrying body cameras, the footage has not yet been released.
“We are contacting next of kin directly so that they can view the camera footage carried on the body. We are coordinating with the Department of Behavioral Health to provide family members with the space and trauma-conscious support they need to see the body-worn camera footage,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Roger Mitchell in an e-mail statement to NBC.
Evan Lambert, a reporter from FOX 5 DC, said in a Wednesday night tweet that police will release the body camera footage tomorrow.
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