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Police (D.C.) Caught Body Slamming Paralyzed Wheelchair-Bound Man
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Quote:Witnesses caught Metro Transit Police pulling Harris out of his wheelchair while putting him under arrest last Thursday. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. outside of the U Street-Cardozo Metro station. Metro spokesperson Steven Taubenikel said in a statement last week, "the patron resisted arrest which resulted in him falling out of his wheelchair."
The video recording of the arrest seems to contradict the official account. In the video, two officers can be seen lifting the man out of his wheelchair and than dropping him to the ground, on top of a metal grate. Metro's latest statement on the incident was that the arrest was under investigation.
Harris is a vendor for the newspaper "Street Sense," a publication put out to raise awareness of the homeless. He said that he was formerly homeless, but has since found shelter.

On Monday afternoon, his face was still badly swollen from the arrest. Harris said that he received treatment at Howard University Hospital.



It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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I like when someone gets close they yell "GET BACK GET BACK!"

I don't condone violence. But if I saw someone being treated this way, and someone ran up and I don't know . . .lets just say took a 2x4 to their heads. I would at least try to feign concern for them.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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Maybe they're just all amped up for Wrestlemania!

Well, I hope they got home safe... that's all that matters, apparently.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW
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I'm pretty sure I saw this video like a year ago. But since I'm on my phone and YouTube isn't cooperating I can't find the date it was posted.
"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
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spartakis252;91850 Wrote:I'm pretty sure I saw this video like a year ago. But since I'm on my phone and YouTube isn't cooperating I can't find the date it was posted.

Yeah just found this posted in 2011....


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"What you're feeling now ain't the worst pain. The worst thing is not feeling the hurt anymore."
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#6
clearly, he provoked the police by using a wheelchair to get from place to place.
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panopticonisi;91981 Wrote:clearly, he provoked the police by using a wheelchair to get from place to place.

They don't like the way he rolls.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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I can see why some police departments don't like the idea of civilians being able to record them during the course of their duties.

Since this happened a year ago, I wonder if anything ever came of this or was it just swept under the rug?

Just found this. Looks like no charges were pressed, the officers are back to full duty.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/185196...ir-Beating



WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- When Dwight Harris was lifted from his wheelchair near the U Street Metro stop last May and slammed to the ground by Metro Transit Police, his friend Lawrence Miller saw Harris bleeding on the sidewalk and asked police what they were doing.

Police say they had arrested Harris for drinking in public in violation of the open container law, resisting arrest and failure to move on.

They told Miller to move on after he questioned them about their behavior and telling them to get help for the bleeding Harris. Miller says he did so, but says he was arrested as he walked away and was charged with inciting violence, assaulting a police officer and disturbing the peace.

All those charges were dropped, and Miller is now suing Metro police for violating his First Amendment right to Free Expression.

Metro, citing a policy of not commenting on pending litigation, would not talk about the case to 9News Now.

The two officers were placed on administrative duty while Metro conducted an internal investigation. And, when the US Attorney declined to bring a civil rights case against the officers, they were returned to full duty.

"Mr. Miller is innocent of any criminal activity and he was arrested falsely by police and we think it was because he spoke up. That makes it a moment when we can try to teach police that citizens get to speak up and shouldn't be arrested for it," said Fritz Mulhauser, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

"The First Amendment to the Constitution protects Freedom of Expression and that's what was happening on the sidewalk. Mr. Miller was expressing concern for his friend," Mulhauser said.

"We would like the Metro Transit Police to have some more training for their officers about Freedom of Expression in the street, and we would like them to compensate Mr. Miller for his trouble of being arrested for no reason," Mulhauser told 9News Now.

Read the rest at the link above.
Everytime we look the other way when someone else loses rights we disagree with, we make it easier to lose the rights we support.

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No charges, that's just grate.
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Anybody else hear one of the officers yell "GET ON THE GROUND" right before one of them sweeped the disabled man and they both threw him down?

These stupid morons think the handicapped man has muscular control of his legs!?!? That he was using his leg strength to resist going to the ground?

I'm sick and tired of seeing these videos. I'm sick and tired of no matter how apparent, clear and obvious it is police officers like these two aren't held accountable. They face no repercussions, are rarely fired and almost always back on the job after paid or unpaid suspension.

There needs to wide-scale national reform on revoking the police officers bill of rights, which is just a steroid juiced up set of special rights that protect these scumbags. Why do they need it? We have a Bill of Rights and Miranda rights that they fall under just like any other average citizen. The district attorneys and county prosecutors must stop protecting their own LEOs. And of course we need to have honest good cops who won't lie for their fellow LEOs in reports.
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