If you want to see why crime is skyrocketing, I strongly encourage you to watch this video. According to a friend, the first three officers who arrived on scene were placed in “non-contact status” as a result of this, which means their guns and badges have been pulled and they’re on desk duty pending an investigation. This is required by policy whenever force is applied. But, that means three more officers off the street, not responding to calls or patrolling.
The problem here, is not that the incident was videotapped. Having it video tapped was a good thing. The problem is that the city will never back up any of our officers and the crowd turned on them for responding to a call and then using force (the call btw, was for a man allegedly on PCP). What type of a message does it send to pull these three off the street for responding to a call and trying to do their jobs with the least amount of force possible? The officer at the end, who threw the knee, was responding to having been bitten! Why would anyone want to do this job? The lesson is that next time, unless someone is actually being harmed, the same officers may choose to play it safe and simply drive by.
I strongly encourage all to call the Mayor’s Office and express support for these officers, given they put themselves in harms way to protect the city. The incident happened on the 5100 block of Cloud Place in Northeast.
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: [email protected]”