DC transit cop arrests, knocks down black teen over lollipop & chips [VIDEO]
A DC Metro Transit Police officer is under scrutiny after arresting and kicking a black teenage girl over a lollipop and a pack of chips. The local Black Lives Matter group has called the arrest “illegal,” urging its supporters to “stand up, fight back.”
The three-minute video of the incident at Columbia Heights Metro Station was shared by the District’s BLM chapter earlier this week, sparking heated debates.
The footage shows a handcuffed black girl, whose name and age have not been released, surrounded by three police officers. Next to them a lollipop and a yellow bag of chips can be seen on the floor.
“All right, sit down,” one officer says. “Sit down.”
A Lollipop Made DC Metro Transit Police Kick and Push Young Black Woman After School at Columbia Heights Metro https://t.co/ipOk809oTg— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 19, 2016
As the girl refuses to comply, an officer knocks her to the ground in front of shocked bystanders.
“Stop touching me,” the girl yells back.
Sobbing, she refused to provide her school ID or give her age, telling an officer that she was not going to talk to him. An officer next to him then reaches to her backpack and starts searching, allegedly, for her identification.
“Oh, goodness. Because she had a lollipop? That is outrageous,” a woman exclaims in the background.
DC: why the entire city isn't significantly outraged at police brutality and murder in this city is beyond us. STAND UP FIGHT BACK.— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 18, 2016
According to Metro Transit Police, the girl was stopped behind the entrance gates, and was asked to put away food as eating is prohibited. She “responded with a defiant ‘No!’” the Washington Post reported, citing a police report.
After she ignored two requests, an officer placed handcuffs on her.
“You didn’t have to put it that tight,” she can be heard saying.
As some defended the teenager, saying she was “a little girl,” the officer responded: “Little girls can break the law! Little girls can get arrested like everybody else! And she goes to juvenile detention and her mom comes and picks her up. That’s how it works!”
Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld saw the video and ordered an internal “review” of the incident, according to the Post’s transportation reporter Faiz Siddiqui.
Earlier, Metro spokesman Richard L. Jordan said that police decided not to pursue charges against the officer, while declining to publicly evaluate if excessive force was used, the Post reported.
In the meantime, BLM has argued that the officer unjustifiably used force against the teen.
Facts matter. She was stopped for HAVING food not eating on metro. Please direct us to the code confirming it is an arrestable offense. https://t.co/aWB2XhMUEu— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 20, 2016
Strong support shows up very different than this. We're not simply talking about perceived "misbehavior". Where is the arrestable offense? https://t.co/dB3eH262pX— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 20, 2016
While the movement has urged its supporters to “stand up, fight back,” not everyone shared BLM’s views.
Weaken our voice🤔... just going to leave this one here. https://t.co/52oeCy6hNJ— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 20, 2016
Your justification for police actions in this situation with this young woman is other situations and other people? https://t.co/ONuHtlaPSp— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) October 20, 2016