A young black man has been shot dead by police as he allegedly tried to run away from the scene of an investigation, according to reports.
Deon Kay, 18, was killed at around 4pm on Wednesday, September 2, in Washington DC, after police were informed that he allegedly had illegal weapons.
The death sparked angry scenes between Black Lives Matter protesters and the police, while his heartbroken mum told The Washington Post: "They took my baby, they just took my baby from me."
Speaking at a press conference Police chief Peter Newsham said: "Uniformed police officers had information that there were guys in the neighbourhood with guns, specifically.
"That's what they were looking for and evidently that's what they found.”
He add that two firearms had been recovered in the operation and two people were arrested, saying that officers believe Kay "had a gun at the time”.
The local Black Lives Matter group disputed the police account, tweeting: "Don't let MPD control the narrative! Police lie! We're on our way.”
Demonstrators gathered around the 7th District precinct and video posted to social media showed angry confrontations with police officers.
Meanwhile Deon’s mum Natasha told The Washington Post : "They took my baby, they just took my baby from me. I need my son back, I want my son back.”
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has warned that the growing hostility between protesters and law enforcement is escalating to dangerous levels, saying the US could be "descending into a race war”.
President Donald Trump has tweeted that Ms Bowser "should arrest these agitators and thugs" or he would send in the National Guard.
Meanwhile, disturbing video dating from March 30 has emerged showing 41-year-old Daniel Prude asphyxiating after a group of police officers handcuffed him, put a hood over his head, and pressed his face into the ground until he stopped breathing.
The incident, which occurred several weeks before George Floyd was killed, attracted little attention at the time but with the release of this latest video has sparked angry protest in upstate New York.
Rochester Police say that nine people were arrested during the demonstration – most for criminal trespass or resisting arrest, and one for inciting a riot