On Sep 11, 2016 Terrence Sterling was shot off his motorcycle by a DC cop while riding home to his family. Ever since then, his personal friends, Black Lives Matter, and SURJ-DC (Standing Up For Racial Justice, DC chapter) activists have been protesting on Monday nights demanding answers from Mayor Bowser and prosecution of the cop who shot Terrence Sterling. On Mon, Dec 5 they escalated by moving their protest from 3ed and M sts (where Terrence was shot) to Mayor Bowser’s house near 16th st and the MD line. She got home in the middle of the protest and refused to say even a word.
The protest seemed to catch the police by complete surprise. Probably they expected protesters at 3ed and M st, where they have gathered every Monday at 7PM since Terrence Sterling was shot by police. The march arrived at the Mayor’s house ahead of any police presence other than the security guard in the booth outside the house. Police then began showing up, followed by Mayor Bowser herself, who refused to even look towards protesters and probably would have made other plans had she known protesters were coming. There are those who believe that by living on the outskirts of the city (and away from Metro) they can exempt themselves from accountability to the public. As Mayor Bowser just found out, that does not work.
Mayor Bowser’s bodyguard escorts her into her own house after passing protesters