Man Alleges Brutality by Metro Police Officers

By Pat Collins
|  Wednesday, May 7, 2014  |  Updated 8:39 PM EDT
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A Howard University student says he got pulled over and roughed up by a group of Metro Transit police officers last weekend, leaving him with a bloodied and swollen eye. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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A Howard University student says he got pulled over and roughed up by a group of Metro Transit police officers last weekend, leaving him with a bloodied and swollen eye. News4's Pat Collins reports.

A 27-year-old Howard University student alleges he was beaten and pepper-sprayed by Metro Police last weekend in Anacostia.

Jeremy Gordan told News4 he was with his girlfriend Sunday afternoon, when he was pulled over by Metro Police officers at the intersection of Suitland Parkway and Firth Sterling SE, not far from the Anacostia Metro station.

Gordon says the officers yelled at him to get out of the car, and he says before he got the chance, he was pulled out, thrown on the ground, handcuffed, punched and pepper-sprayed.

“I did nothing to them," Gordon said. "I asked for none of this. I was hit three times. This was an intentional blow to my eye."

He says when the officers saw his car had New York plates, one of them said to him, "Welcome to Washington."

Documents tell another story. Police say Gordon was weaving in and out of traffic, and had acted combative, punching an officer once he was pulled over.

"All that stuff is lies," Gordon said. "Lies, lies, lies."

He is charged with assaulting a police officer.

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