Mistaken Identity Prompts D.C. Police Brutality Protest

Man charged with assaulting police

By Pat Collins
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 PM EDT
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A case of mistaken identity led to the arrest of the wrong man, and it was captured on video. Pat Collins reports.

Pat Collins

A case of mistaken identity led to the arrest of the wrong man, and it was captured on video. Pat Collins reports.

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A protester accused of assaulting police while being taken into custody in a case of mistaken identity is now protesting police brutality in D.C.

Craig Wilson, a protester in town for a conference, had been in D.C. for about two hours Saturday when police tried to arrest him at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill because he matched the description of a person who committed a homicide.

Wilson resisted arrest, police said. Police wrongfully roughed him up and pepper-sprayed him, Wilson said.

“You can look at me and see that there was excessive force used, at minimum, and there was some misconduct, at minimum, and it shouldn’t happen,” Wilson said.

Police later determined Wilson, a 42-year-old from New York, was the wrong man, but they did charge him with misdemeanor assault of a police officer.

“I was not the guy,” Wilson said Monday. “They never, ever even apologized or admitted that they made a mistake, right, and they wanted to charge me with assault.”

Others joined Wilson Monday in protesting D.C. police at headquarters and again at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is reviewing the assault charge.

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