Man In Wheelchair Says He Didn't Deserve Police Take Down

5:29 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Fifty-five-year-old Dwight Harris won't say what was in the cup that he was sipping from last Thursday outside the U Street Metro station, but he says it didn't deserve the kind of brutal take down administered by two Metro Transit police officers patrolling the area.

The video shot by a witness and posted on YouTube shows the officers lifting Harris up from his wheelchair, tripping a foot out from under him, then slamming him to the ground where he sustained a black eye and cut to his forehead that required stitches.


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Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Tabor has concerns after viewing the YouTube video and has ordered an internal probe. He says the probe should take seven to ten days.

The officers involved in the arrest have not been suspended and continue with their regular duties.

DC Councilman Jim Graham, who represents the U Street area and once served as Metro Board Chairman, wants the General Manager to investigate.

Witnesses to the takedown all said it was excessive police force.

Harris was charged with resisting arrest. He's due back in court on June 10th.

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