Beating Sparked by Empty Beer Can

Beating Sparked by Empty Beer Can

By Jackie Bensen and John Wist
|  Sunday, May 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:59 AM EDT
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A disturbing attack along D.C.'s Fourteenth Street corridor is caught on a condo's surveillance camera. Police say the man being beaten has simply asked for litter to be picked up. Some say the neighborhood has made big strides over the past decades. But as Derrick Ward reports, neighbors say hey don't see nearly enough police.

A disturbing attack along D.C.'s Fourteenth Street corridor is caught on a condo's surveillance camera. Police say the man being beaten has simply asked for litter to be picked up. Some say the neighborhood has made big strides over the past decades. But as Derrick Ward reports, neighbors say hey don't see nearly enough police.

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Attack Over Beer Can Rattles Neighbors

An argument over a beer can in Northwest D.C. ended with one man hospitalized. News4 has learned he was trying to keep his neighborhood clean. As Jackie Bensen reports, the attack has people in the U Street corridor furious.
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An argument over an empty beer can has landed one man in the hospital.

Police say it happened in broad daylight in the 1400 block of W Street in Northwest on Friday. That’s where a man, about to enter his condo building, saw another man throw a beer can on the ground.

According to police, the man entering the building said, “Would you please pick that up? I live in this building.”

The suspect then responded, “Who the (expletive) do you think you’re talking to?”, and then began punching the man in the face. The victim suffered a broken jaw, a facial fracture, lost teeth and had to have stitches. The beating was captured on the buildings security camera and police are reviewing the tape.

Some residents say they’ve made complaints before about loitering and other crimes near the building, but that city officials haven’t been responsive enough. Ward 1 DC Councilmember Jim Graham says it’s a difficult balance.

“We want people to feel absolutely secure in terms of being here and in terms of having their families here. And we want the old-timers and the stakeholders who have been here to feel the same way.”
 

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