Man In Wheelchair Injured During Arrest By Metro Transit Police (VIDEO) | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

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

Play associated audio
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.

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

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
NPR

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

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