DC Police Chief Calls On Officer To Resign After Shooting

D.C.’s police chief is calling for one of his officers to step down after federal prosecutors decided not to charge the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black motorcyclist.

D.C. Police Officer Brian Trainer shot 31-year-old Terrence Sterling in northwest Washington Sept. 11, 2016.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced there was “insufficient evidence” to charge Trainer in Sterling’s death. The announcement quickly led to protests and calls for the officer to resign — including from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said Thursday he has asked Trainer to resign.

Bowser renewed her call for Trainer to step down Thursday, saying the public deserves accountability.

Trainer, a 4 year veteran of the agency was on patrol at approximately 4:30 am, when police say that Sterling drove into his squad car on purpose after a report of a reckless driver.  When Trainer exited his car, Sterling reportedly drove into the passenger door on purpose and that is when Trainer fired his weapon.

Sterling had reached speeds of more than 100 mph and run red lights, including one instance in which he sped through a stoplight after looking at the officers, according to the statement by the United States Attorney. An autopsy determined that Sterling’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, and he tested positive for marijuana.

“After a careful, thorough, and independent review of the evidence, federal prosecutors have found insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully used unreasonable force and/or was not acting in self-defense when he discharged his service weapon at Mr. Sterling,” according to the statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for the District Channing D. Phillips.

While there is not video footage of the shooting, police did release body camera footage from after the shooting.  You can watch that below.

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  1. spike

    Shame on the administration of that city!!

  2. Ronald Rogers

    If the Fed’s didn’t find any violation, that should end it. If the Chief has new evidence, why wasn’t it revealed earlier? This sounds like it’s going political.

  3. Herb Wells

    Officer does it by the book, then tries to save the assailants life, and is asked to resign even though everybody admits he did it right. It is my sincere hope that this officer does resign, and goes to a police Department that would appreciate him more. I pity the officers having to work in these liberal strongholds that do not appreciate them my best of luck to this officer.

  4. LEO

    Something happens to officers promoted to the rank of chief. They seem to lose touch with what it’s like to be a police officer. So very few it seems are willing to stand by their officers in situations like the one above.

    • LegalBeagle

      What I find interesting is that by calling for the officer to resign, the Chief has admitted that there is no basis to do anything to him. The rest of my intended response would be rather profane, so I’ll skip it.

  5. OregonCopper

    I think the DC Police Association should be calling for the “chief” to step down since he no longer epitomizes what law enforcement officers stand for and has decided to take the political expedient path rather than stand behind one of his men…shame on you “chief” and congratulations on your recent appointment to that of “politician”…leaders lead and politicians point fingers…
    You’re wrong “chief” and thank God “your” officers are still able to serve and protect, something they clearly forget to teach at “chief school”…

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  6. LegalBeagle

    Another gutless command officer who needs a Loudermill hearing, a boot in the gluteals, a trespass notice, and a guardianship. There is no evidence that the officer did anything wrong, and forgetting to turn on a body cam because that’s a far lower priority than safety is not even worth a wrist slap. Body cams are not the answer they have been portrayed to be by the apologists for the criminally anyway – they have a narrow field of view and do not catch anywhere near all of the information that comes to the officer’s brain.

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