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Tell DC Metro Police That Excessive Force Is Unacceptable

Cop Block posted a triggering video a few days ago with an article questioning the extent of the force the officer used to subdue a young woman in the Gallery Place Metrorail station in Washington, DC. The writer even opines that the interaction might have been sexual assault. After viewing the footage myself, I can't say I entirely see what Cop Block does, but I certainly think the transit officer overstepped physical boundaries and abused his authority. He positioned his body on top of the detained woman in an inappropriate and unnecessary manner without regard for her cries of pain or requests to shield her exposed body from public view.

According to Unsuck DC Metro, the Metro Transit Police launched an investigation after the video footage was turned over to them on September 20, 2010 - just a few days after the incident occurred - and determined that there was no wrongdoing on the officer's part. But many riders disagree and are calling for a more extensive investigation, and even a dismissal of the transit policeman shown in the footage. The woman was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry - but apparently not resisting arrest.

Take a moment to let the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority know that you don't support officers using excessive force.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Officer Martin Murray
    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


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