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A graphic video showing Metro Transit Police officers handling a man in a wheelchair is raising concerns over how MTP deals with disabled citizens.
A graphic video showing Metro Transit Police officers handling a man in a wheelchair is raising concerns over how MTP deals with disabled citizens.

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.

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