Prosecutors have dropped a charge of assaulting an officer that was filed against a wheelchair-bound man shown in an Internet video apparently being tackled by two Metro Transit Police officers.
Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn reviewed the video and decided to turn the case over to the U.S. Attorney's Office for investigation — a development Metro officials say is standard practice.
The officers involved in the incident have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the results of the investigation, officials said.
The man in the wheelchair, Dwight Harris, will appear in court on June 10 for a count of public intoxication and possession of an open container.
Mr. Harris made headlines on May 21 when a cellphone video posted to the Internet showed what appears to be two Metro officers tackling him near the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station.
Metro officials say the officers had seen Mr. Harris drinking in his motorized red scooter and when he refused to leave attempted to issue him a citation.
Mr. Harris‘ attempted resistance caused him to fall out of his wheelchair, a Metro spokesman said.
The video shows the officers approaching him on either side, cuffing him, and when Mr. Harris stands up a struggle ensures in which one officer puts his leg in front of Mr. Harris, bringing all three men to the ground.
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Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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