Police Not Charged in Attack of Wheelchair-Bound Man

Police Not Charged in Attack of Wheelchair-Bound Man

The U.S. Department of Justice decided that there was not sufficient evidence that the officers intentionally tried to deprive Dwight Harris of his rights.

Published October 24, 2011

The two Washington metropolitan transit police officers who were caught on surveillance video pulling a wheelchair-bound man out of his chair because he resisted arrest, will not face charges.


On Friday, after the U.S. Department of Justice reviewed training records, video, medical reports and accounts from eyewitnesses, they found that there was insufficient evidence to charge the officers.  


Earlier this year in May, the act of the two authorities jerking Dwight Harris, throwing him on the ground and lingering over him was caught on tape by a passerby. Harris was reportedly drinking alcohol outside of a metro station in Washington D.C.


In the video, blood is seen gushing from Harris’ head as he lay on the ground. He was later taken to the hospital and arrested for assault on a police officer and drinking in public.


As the disturbing video circulated the Web, many questioned whether force was necessary.


The officers were reassigned to administrative duties after the incident hit the Web.


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Written by Danielle Wright


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