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No Charges for Dwight Harris

It's a reversal of fortune. Dwight Harris was once scheduled to face a judge tomorrow morning for resisting arrest and drinking in public. But after video of two transit cops slamming the wheelchair-bound man to the ground outside the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro stop surfaced last month, all charges have been dropped, according to court records.

In fact, now it's the cops who arrested Harris who are in trouble.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has been investigating them, and Harris is planning to sue. Ann Marie Staudenmaier, an attorney with The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless who's "assisting" Harris, happened to be there (her office is located next to the Metro stop) a few moments after Harris was arrested. He lay bleeding on the sidewalk. She tried to help, telling cops they needed to do things like pick Harris up off the ground. "They just threatened to arrest me," she says.

Now that Harris is planning to file a lawsuit against Metro, she's hoping to help in a different way—by aiding him in his search for a good civil attorney. She hopes the task will be done by the end of the week. "They just stood there while he was bleeding," Staudenmaier says of transit cops. The officers have been placed on administrative leave. Metro won't comment on the altercation since the U.S. Attorney's "review of the matter remains ongoing."

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  1. #1

    I LOATHE COPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. #2

    "They just stood there while he was bleeding,"

    The only fuckup once he was on the ground was leaving him face down. I can't speak for Metro, but I'm not trained to perform medical treatment outside of CPR or using a defibrillator. Nor am I paid to expose myself to bodily fluids and blood-borne illnesses. The only obligation they had was to call the ambulance, which is what I assume they did.

  3. #3

    THEY SHOULD BE FIRED TO SET AN EXAMPLE.

    THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND THEY SHOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO ENFORCE IT ON METRO PROPERTY.

  4. #4

    Let this be a lesson to DC cops: Lawyers are EVERYWHERE in this town. You never know when a public interest attorney, specializing in homeless advocacy law, might just be passing by as you and your buddies brutalize a homeless guy.

  5. #5

    Bad cops are being exposed because cellphones/video cameras are so prevalent.

    I agree with noodlez on this one. These guys abused their power. Time to find different jobs.

  6. #6

    COMMON SENSE

    yeah.....you are shining example of OFFICER FRIENDLY!

    It's retards like you who have wheasled your way into urban departments looking for action!

    HOPEFULLY when in distress and YELLING/SCREAMING for back up and "officer down", that JOE PUBLIC's only recourse will be to turn a blind eye and show you their ass as that should be the only obligation WE have for your silly ass!

    You can't speak for nobody in fact!

    NEXT!

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