Black Lives Matter blocks streets, chases cops off NY Ave for Terrence Sterling

On the 3ed of October, Black Lives Matter activists swarmed onto NY Ave from 3ed and M st, and blockaded it in memory of Terrence Sterling. Two burning torches were in the march and smoke rose from sage smudging the area. When police ordered the blockade to disperse, people responded by advancing on the cops, who retreated with the crowd in pursuit. Cops by this means were able to lead the crowd off NY Ave, only to kick off a long march that blocked many streets.

As usual, when police read their warning they claimed that by blocking NY Ave the march was “endangering lives” even though minutes earlier the entire blockade had quickly parted to let a firetruck pass, then immediately closed up behind it to prevent cops or traffic from exploiting the opening.

After the cops had been pushed to the sidewalk and Black LIves Matter continued north from NY Ave, a bicycle messenger ride encountered the march-and promptly joined it. Shortly therafter came a blockade of Florida Ave where the march reached it, which ended when a presumed white racist gave marchers the finger and taunted the crowd yelling about “my people.” He hurredly retreated with the crowd marching after him at a disciplined walk, not the full speed charge he probably feared. The possibiliy that he was working with the cops as part of a trap had to be considered. He was permitted to escape and the march continued. At 7th st the march turned south, and after more “circle up” intersection blockades eventually returned to 3ed and M, the site of the Sep 11 shooting of Terrence Sterling by DC Police.

A speaker near the end of the video names the cop who killed Terrence Sterling. Mayor Bowser’s government published his name in response to unrelenting pressure from community activists. Activists are not satisfied with this, and are demanding not only an indictment of this criminal but his actual conviction for murder.

Video including Black Lives Matter pushing the cops off NY Ave, the bikers-and the name of the killer cop near the end


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