No Civil Rights Charges for Metro Transit Police in Wheelchair Arrest

Man in wheelchair taken to ground outside U Street station

Friday, Oct 21, 2011  |  Updated 6:38 PM EDT
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No Civil Rights Charges in Metro Wheelchair Arrest

Video of the arrest of a man in a wheelchair outside U Street Metro Station caused an uproar online.

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Two Metro Transit Police caught on video removing a man from his motorized wheelchair and taking him to the ground will not face federal criminal civil rights charges.

Dwight Harris was drinking in public May 19 and resisted arrest outside the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station, according to police reports.

The U.S. Department of Justice reviewed training records, video and medical reports and interviewed witness extensively and found insufficient evidence to charge the officers, saying there wasn’t evidence that the officers intentionally tried to deprive Harris of a constitutional right.

The officers were reassigned to administrative duties after the incident as the video was met with outrage online.

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