David Mann, Metro Transit Police officer, not guilty for arrest of John Dowtin

1:59 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Metro Transit Police officer has been found not guilty on all charges stemming from a 2011 arrest that left a 60-year-old man injured.

MTPD Lt. David Mann had been facing one count of first degree assault, one count of second degree assault, one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office for his arrest of John Dowtin.

On September 2, 2011, Mann responded to a call about a man who was throwing rocks and breaking windows at the Southern Maryland Bus Annex.

After witnesses told Mann that Dowtin, then 60-years-old, also tried to assault a Metro employee, Mann decided to arrest him.

While trying to arrest Dowtin, Mann handcuffed one of his arms but was unable to obtain the other. Mann struck Dowtin in the rib area several times and used OC spray in attempt to handcuff him.

When those countermeasures didn't work, Mann lifted Dowtin off the ground and slammed him down several times.

According to witnesses and video surveillance, Dowtin was laying on the ground with one arm tucked underneath him and not resisting arrest. 

Dowtin was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital where he was treated for a fracture to his spine, several broken ribs and three fractures to the face.

"We feel that Mr. Mann's actions were criminal and we aren't the only ones who feel this way.  The Grand Jury agreed with us when they indicted Mr. Mann, MTPD agreed with us when they fired him as a result of his actions that night and we believe the citizens of Prince George's County would agree with us if they had a chance to sit on a jury and view the evidence, including the video of Mr. Mann's actions," said State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks in response to the not guilty verdict.

Mann chose a bench trial instead of a jury trial.  His employer confirmed that he is still terminated. 

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