Officer Brian Trainer Won’t Face Charges For Fatally Shooting Terrence Sterling
A D.C. police officer who shot-and-killed an unarmed black motorcyclist will not face any criminal charges, according to prosecutors.
Another gunshot, another black body drop.
Back in Sept. 2016, the world was shocked, yet not surprised to learn that another officer took the law into its own hands and killed an unarmed black person. That man, Terrence Sterling, 31, was gunned down by Officer Brian Trainer in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 while returning from a party in Northwest Washington.
Fast forward to Thursday, Aug. 10, almost a year later, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. said there is “insufficient evidence” to pursue criminal charges against Trainer. Combing through eyewitness civilian accounts, photos, diagrams, physical evidence, recorded 911 calls and radio runs, videos, speed analysis data and the like, Sterling’s life did not warrant proper detaining.
You see, Sterling was driving his motorcycle on U Street, when he pulled in front of a police cruiser occupied by Trainer. Speeding through a red light in front of their cop car, Sterling led police on a chase covering 25 city blocks. Allegedly, he was continuously going through red lights and speeding at 100 miles per hour, prosecutors said. The police eventually blocked in his motorcycle around Third Street NW.
Sterling revved his motorcycle, while Trainer had his gun drawn, and the former crashed into the door of the police cruiser.
Trainer then fired two rounds at him through the front passenger window. Struck in his right side and his neck, Sterling was pronounced dead sometime between 4:27 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. at Howard University Hospital. The shooting led to protests around the nation, as #BlackLivesMatter members said that Sterling only bumped the patrol car while trying to flee, and in any event he did not present an immediate threat to the officer sitting in the passenger side.
Trainer, who has worked D.C. police for four years, remains on administrative leave. He had a body-worn camera, but did not turn it on until after the shooting occurred.
Source: Washington Post