According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into the Northeast D.C. police shooting death of 17-year-old Dalaneo Martin.
A day after U.S. Park Police (USPP) published body cam video of the shooting on March 18, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office called “very disturbing,” the investigation was launched.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., issued a statement saying, “The loss of a life is always terrible but is particularly devastating when it concerns a kid.”
According to the USPP, the Metropolitan Police got a report of a suspicious car early on March 18. When the police arrived, they discovered that the automobile was stolen and requested assistance from U.S. Park Police.
Martin was discovered dozing off in the driver’s seat with the ignition pressed when USPP officials arrived, according to USPP.
The tweet below confirms the news by The Washington Post on their official Twitter account:
The officer, from the back seat of a vehicle, asks 17-year-old Dalaneo Martin to stop over the span of about 13 seconds, then draws his gun and says, “Stop, stop, or I’ll shoot.” Barely a second later, he fires what sounds like five shots at Martin’s back. https://t.co/YvObpH8FHv
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 5, 2023
Police, don’t move! is heard being said before the car abruptly speeds with one USPP officer inside and another being pulled outside, according to body cam video of the incident.
The cop was seen commanding Martin to halt while seizing him on the body cam video of the officer inside the vehicle. Get off of me, Martin is heard telling the officer as he pushes him away.
The officer then pulls out his gun and yells: “Stop man, just let me out. Let me go!” before warning Martin: “Stop! stop or I’ll shoot!”
Before the automobile smashes into a home, the cop continues to fire shots at Martin while the car is accelerating. According to USPP, nobody inside the house was hurt.
Body cam video also shows police helping Martin, who later passed away at the site, according to USPP.
According to Martin’s mother’s account on Wednesday, the medical examiner informed her that her son had been shot six times and had passed away instantaneously.
According to the USPP, both U.S. Park Police officers were sent to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Afterward, police found a pistol inside the car, according to USPP.
“This pain hurts so bad,” Martin’s mother said Wednesday at a press conference. “I just want justice for my son. And I need the officer to be locked up. All of them that played a role.”
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