WASHINGTON (AP) — A Metro spokesman says two transit officers involved in a confrontation with a man in a wheelchair have had their police powers suspended.
Dan Stessel says the men have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office. A video of the encounter posted on YouTube shows the officers forcing the man to the ground outside the U Street station.
Metro has said the man was drinking alcohol outside the station last Thursday and refused to leave the area and accept a citation.
The agency said the man resisted arrest and fell from his wheelchair during the resulting scuffle with the officers.
The man was arrested for assault and drinking in public. On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office dropped the assault charge.
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