WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Man In Wheelchair Injured During Arrest By Metro Transit Police (VIDEO)

Play associated audio

The cellphone video was taken May 19 by a passerby and shows two Metro Transit Police officers lifting a disabled man in a wheelchair out of his chair and onto the ground. The incident happened around 3 p.m. outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station.

Witnesses told NBC4 that the man's head was bleeding, and that bystanders were pleading with the police to help him with the injury. An ambulance arrived a short time later, according to reports.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says in a statement that the man, whose name has not been released, was drinking alcohol outside the U Street station and refused to leave the area and accept a citation. He says the man resisted arrest and fell out of his wheelchair during the resulting scuffle with the officers.

Metro says the man was arrested for assault and drinking in public and was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

A spokesman says Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn has some concerns about what he saw in the video.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.


'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Clinton Campaigns In Ohio Where She's In A Virtual Tie With Trump

Hillary Clinton campaigned in Ohio Friday.

Major Websites Experience Outages In Apparent Online Attack

A number of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, were knocked out of service for parts of the day in a sprawling, sophisticated online attack.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.