Clutching flickering candles, more than two dozen people gathered Wendesday night at the alley in Northeast Washington where Trey Joyner was fatally shot by U.S. Park Police officers in 2009.
Joyner, 25, encountered the federal officers in the 1200 block of Holbrook St NE around 8:30 p.m. on June 8 and shortly afterward was shot and killed. According to a Park Police statement, the federal officers were part of “Operation Safe Streets,” a joint task force with D.C. police and the FBI, and were working that night in Trinidad to investigate a tip of a man with a gun. A weapon was found at the scene, Park Police said.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which investigated Joyner’s death, announced in January that they found “insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against U.S. Park Police detectives involved in the fatal shooting of Joyner.” That finding was based on a review of witness statements, ballistics reports, crime scene evidence and other information, according to the statement.
Joyner’s estate has filed a $5 million civil lawsuit against the U.S. government that is pending.
“The investigation is closed but we still don’t know what happened to Trey,” said his mother Brenda Joyner, surrounded by friends, family and neighbors Wednesday at the spot where Joyner died. “We just want answers.”