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Pershing Park Case: D.C. Police Captain Testifies Ramsey Gave Arrest Order


In a recent public filing, plaintiffs lawyers in the last remaining Pershing Park case provide additional evidence showing that then-Chief Charles Ramsey issued the order to mass arrest the 400 individuals on Sept. 27, 2002. All those arrests were promptly thrown out by city lawyers. More than seven years later, the arrests remain a huge controversy.

In recent depositions, two police officials testified that they heard Ramsey give the arrest order. Ramsey has repeatedly denied that he gave the command to make the mass arrests.

Captain Ralph McLean, who had previously given a similiar account, stated in his deposition: "It is my sincerest belief that Chief Ramsey said, 'lock those motherfuckers up.'"

Last week, Det. Paul Hustler backed up his affidavit with his own deposition testimony. He stated that he heard Ramsey order Assistant Chief Peter Newsham to "teach them a lesson" and "lock the motherfuckers up."

Plaintiffs lawyers go on to write:

"Hustler further testified that he was expressly told by Assistant Chief Jordan that no one was to be allowed out of the park and that even journalists would be arrested."

*file photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Rick Mangus

    I still say the caption of the photo should be, 'Ha!, Ha!, constitution, what fucking constitution boys!'

  • Bored

    Hush baby. Heard enough. Stop talkin that blah, blah, blah.

  • Matt

    Ah, Charles Ramsey. Is there any way we can send that fuckwit a bill for all that his exploits have cost the city? He's not far...just up in Philly, home of brutal police chiefs like John Timoney and Frank Rizzo...

  • Hillman

    Ramsey was an ass. I'll never forget when he closed down two lanes of 15th St NW across from Treasury during rush hour so he and his surprisingly huge entourage could have private parking for their meal at Old Ebbitt.

    Ever since then I knew he thought the regular rules didn't apply to him.

  • jay

    The two officers shown here are left Sgt Dave lackey and right JP Mcardle