Monday, July 6, 2009
This shrine is built in memory of Trey Joyner, who was shot by Park Police officers in the 1200 block of Holbrook Street NE, Washington, DC on June 8, 2009. A small shrine on a tree is near the larger shrine erected in the alley where he died. A notice posted by DC Public Works states the memorial will be removed on July 9th.
From Washington Post reports: The civil rights division of the Justice Department will look into the actions of a law enforcement task force in the recent killing of Trey Joyner, the weapons suspect who was shot by a U.S. Park Police officer in NE Washington. Six Park Police Officers have been placed on leave after this shooting in the Trinidad neighborhood.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who met with Park Police Chief Sal Lauro on Monday, said the review will be an independent look at the controversial shooting.
The gunfire took place about 8:30 pm. June 8 in an alley near the 1200 block of Holbrook St NE, in the Trinidad area. Authorities have said that Park Police officers were part of an interagency task force that was responding to a report of a man with a gun. Plainclothes officers located Joyner, 25, and a struggle ensued when they tried to arrest him, leading to the shooting, authorities said.
The shot was fired by one of four Park Police officers on the FBI-led task force, officials said.
The shooting has angered many residents in Trinidad, a neighborhood that has been plagued by violent crime, because some witnesses said police chased Joyner and shot him in the back. Authorities have released few details, citing the continuing investigation.
They executed my son," said Walter Joyner, 56, as relatives photographed the bloodstains in the alley. "Why was the Park Police pursuing him?"
Relatives said that Trey Joyner was the second of five children and that he liked to tell jokes and was a sociable person.
Keith Jordan, 18, who was standing across the street when the shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday, said that he saw the officers chase Joyner into the alley, briefly hold him and then let him go before shooting him in the back.
Of the Joyner case, Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman, said yesterday that four officers from the Park Police were among a group of plainclothes detectives who responded to a report of a man with a gun... "They somehow located the man with the gun. They followed him into an alley," Schlosser said. "While the arrest was being made, a struggle ensued. The suspect was shot."
Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner's office, said Joyner died of gunshot wounds and had injuries to the lungs, heart, liver and aorta.
A poem left at the shrine reads:
"Damn, I miss my Dawg
Many nights club hoppin...
Many nights blazin da tree...
They may have taken your body
But your memory lives on in me
August 1983 - June 2009"
Posted by Lloyd at 11:32 AM