|Is this police brutality? Excessive force? Or cops just doing their job?|
Washington D.C. -- Two officers, identified as Washington D.C. cops, were caught on camera slamming a wheelchair bound man to the ground.
The video entitled “DC police abuse homeless man in wheelchair”, was uploaded to Youtube on May 19, 2011, by someone using the screen name ChrisWhite313.
At the beginning of the footage, two cops can be seen wrestling with a man riding what appears to be a motorized wheelchair, and instructing him to “get on the ground”. Which is a little difficult to do if you can't walk.
Then the officers throw the seemingly disabled man onto the concrete, causing his head to bleed. A person at the scene said the alleged suspect's head was "bust wide open".
When a bystander asked one of the arresting officers why the man was being taken into custody, the cop said the injured man “assaulted a police officer”. Angry eyewitnesses openly disagreed with the officer’s version of what happened and told him that his reasons for arresting the man “weren’t true”.
A woman in the background can be heard saying the bleeding suspect lives on the block where the incident occurred.