Hundreds of demonstrators blocked streets and demanded answers in Northwest Washington Monday night, following a rally in honor of a Maryland motorcyclist who was gunned down by a D.C. police officer.
Protesters continued to march through Northwest Washington near the intersection of New York and New Jersey avenues, and were blocking intersections as the march headed toward U street NW.
The march followed an hour-long rally and vigil at a park near the site where Terrence Sterling, 31, was fatally shot by D.C. Police Officer Brian Trainer during a Sept. 11 confrontation at Third and M streets in Northwest.
Among the speakers, Black Lives Matter activist April Goggans asked fellow demonstrators to begin a new campaign to call Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie as well to use social media with the #Terrence Sterling hashtag in an attempt to draw national exposure to the case.
“We are here for a man who can’t speak,” said Steven Douglass, a friend of Sterling. “This is not a hashtag, this is reality.”
No one was immediately arrested, but police continued rolling street closures after 10 p.m., as some protesters began to head out, and others marched through the heart of the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest.
Jerry Formey, another friend of Sterling’s, came directly from his job to join the protest.
“Terence is a peaceful guy,” said Formey. “That’s why we’re protesting ... Anything less would dishonor his name.”