Apr 07, 2021
DC leaders want answers after video shows Metro police restraining woman
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“Incidents like this one are exactly why WMATA needs a civilian-led review board that can investigate and review any incident involving Metro Transit Police officers and the public,” Ward 6 council member Charles Allen said in a statement.“It’s incredibly important to ensure the public can trust that a neutral body is reviewing what happened in a transparent, fast, and fair manner,”
It happened Saturday night on the Red Line platform at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station.
A Metro Transit Police spokesman said the woman was restrained after she allegedly assaulted an officer. Officers approached her after police said she showed erratic behavior and was screaming toward other customers.
In restraining her, she “sustained an injury in the mouth and OC spray was deployed,” the spokesman said.
The woman refused treatment when paramedics arrived, and after determining that she needed mental health services, officers transported her to the hospital for treatment, “including involuntary committal for mental health services,” the spokesman said.
She was not criminally charged.
Metro Transit Police said that a witness at the scene told officers that a man had brandished a knife when the woman would not move away from him. The witness identified the man, who was arrested on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.
A video circulating online — which does not include the assault on the officer, Metro Transit Police said — shows four officers trying to restrain the woman who was on the ground. She had blood on her face.
A woman off-camera can be heard arguing with the officers and telling them, “It does not take four cops to get a 90-pound woman on the ground” and “He threatened to stab her, and she’s on the ground? … He threatened to stab her, and this is what happens?”
Ward 1 council member Brianne K. Nadeau said the incident was “unacceptable,” and she is working to get answers.
At-Large council member Robert White said in a tweet that the video was “disturbing.” He asked all witnesses to call Metro Transit Police, and he will help anyone if they have trouble contacting them.
“There is a clear need for body-worn cameras,” White said.
Last June, Metro’s board of directors approved the formation of a panel that would review investigations conducted by Metro Transit Police. The panel would include law enforcement officials from outside agencies, as well as private citizens.
Before the panel was created, the D.C. Council held a public hearing in November 2019 — after several reports of racial profiling incidents — regarding Metro’s lack of oversight from anyone but Metro.
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Kourtney Kardashian shows off birthday gift from Travis Barker
Now that’s flower power.
Travis Barker gave girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian a massive floral display for her 42nd birthday on Sunday.
Tagging Barker on Instagram, Kardashian shared video of dozens of white blooms hanging from her ceiling as well as a huge arrangement on the floor.
“Tulips and gardenias are my favorite flowers,” Kardashian wrote on her Instagram Story over the weekend. “My entire house smells yummy.”Travis Barker surpr ised Kourtney Kardashian with a massive floral display for her birthday. Instagram
The display even managed to impress Kourtney’s sister Kim Kardashian — who once got a massive flower wall as a Mother’s Day gift from her now-estranged husband, Kanye West.
“I just walked into the most gorgeous flower arrangement,” Kim said in a video of Kourt’s florals posted to her Instagram Story. “… This is so beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Kim and other members of the famous family also wished Kourtney a happy 42nd birthday via Instagram tributes.
Kim, 40, called Kourtney her “Armenian Queen” and noted that her older sister has “become the best therapist a girl could ask for!”
Khloé Kardashian, 36, wrote a heartfelt post saying in part, “Honestly, without you, my life would feel empty. My life would always feel as if something was missing. Today and every day, I pray that your soul is covered in love and from your core, I pray that you’re happy!”
Not to be outdone by Barker’s lavish floral display, Kourtney’s middle child, daughter Penelope, created a sweet flower petal trail that led down the steps to gifts. Kourtney also shared a snapshot of a homemade card from the 8-year-old.
Kourtney was first linked to Barker, 45, in January and they’ve since gone over-the-top in the PDA department since then, with Barker even getting a “Kourtney” tattoo on his chest.