A New York City man who was in Washington for a conference of community activists is accusing D.C. police officers of using excessive force on him after mistaking him for a homicide suspect, according to the Associate Press.
Craig "Nehemiah" Wilson alleges that he was thrown to the ground and pepper-sprayed Saturday. He was released, he says, after police acknowledged their mistake. Demonstrators held a rally outside the police department Monday to support Wilson, AP reports.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump confirmed Monday that Wilson had been arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer by police looking for a man wanted in connection with a homicide. The department will investigate allegations of excessive force, she added.