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Serious Allegations Against MPD Last Night – “Police beat and arrested our neighbor”

by Prince Of Petworth June 11, 2015 at 9:50 am 250 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Tonight [Wednesday] at about 7:45 the police were arresting two people on Allison street between 5th and Illinois when my neighbor, Devin, walked over to ask to move the car so he and his girlfriend could get out – his hands were down and he was just walking. Not sure what happened or if someone said something, but the cops grabbed him and out him against a pole then banged him on the car as they were taking him down on the ground, and he was trying to get up. Then they threw him over a spiked fence and were pressing him down on it and twisting his arm and then injured his head causing a wound that bled. Meanwhile everyone in the neighborhood was out and we were trying to tell the police we know him and he wasn’t doing anything and we were taking video, but then they kept telling us to move back and called for backup and crime scene tape.

There were 17 cops, 14 cars, and we asked for a white shirt, who came. They kept him bent over, impaled on the little fence for a long time and then had him standing, and at one point poured water over his head, possibly to wipe away the blood. I attempted to give a statement twice to Sgt. Mason who verbally attacked me and refused my statement and took my ID and wouldn’t give it back until the Lieutenant came. Several of us witnesses filed police reports. We also called the Mayor’s office, who sent 2 people, and councilmember Brandon Todd came. Devin was taken away in hand cuffs in an ambulance and his family was not notified where he was being taken. His girlfriend said he has asthma. He is supposed to take the fireman test on Saturday. His brother and other neighbors have some video but over all it’s just of the police’s overreaction to the neighbors not the actual brutality since we were pushed too far away.”

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