Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is being criticized for showing detached to a person who confronted her with allegations that he was crushed and tased by police in his front room after getting out of the bathe.
Lennon English, a U.S. Air Power veteran, pointedly requested Bowser throughout a press convention final week about her plan to finish police brutality towards Black residents. He instructed Bowser her workplace ignored his grievance about his earlier incident with police. A video of the trade posted on-line has drawn criticism of Bowser’s response to English because the mayor of the nation’s capital seeks re-election amid requires police reform.
English introduced up the difficulty to Bowser throughout a Might 13 press convention to focus on the town’s psychological well being initiatives.
“I wish to know what are you going to do in regards to the results of police brutality and police violence towards African Individuals within the metropolis—each the psychological well being of the victims who’re of African Individuals—but in addition the psychological well being of the administration, cops which can be taking part on this brutality?” English requested.
Bowser responded that her workplace would not tolerate officers who don’t comply with the principles. She requested English to file a grievance, saying she wished officers who will construct belief with the neighborhood.
English stated he had filed a grievance, alleging that on January 26 of final 12 months, Sergeant Matthew Nickerson and different officers got here into his house with no warrant or possible trigger, the place they beat him and tased him whereas he was “contemporary out of the bathe,” English stated.
“I got here to your workplace about it,” he stated. “I did not do something to these officers. Ya’ll have not carried out something to assist my psychological well being in any respect.”
They mayor’s response was panned on Twitter over her lack of apology and for asking English at one level if he was listening. Democratic Social gathering activist Elizabeth Mitchell requested in a tweet if voters would select Bowser after she handled “victims of police brutality with condescension and contempt.”
Earlier than the incident, English alleges, police took the entrance door to his condo constructing off its hinges to serve an arrest warrant, he instructed Washington Metropolis Paper. In line with the paper, he requested to see the warrant, which confirmed an handle from a homeless shelter.
Police returned to the constructing two days later banging on the door, in line with English, who stepped out of the bathe after a neighbor involved somebody was breaking in texted him, the paper studies. With a towel round his waist and his landlady on speaker cellphone, English opened the door, in line with physique digicam footage obtained by the paper.
“Look, man, y’all cannot are available in right here and be banging on this s**t day in and day trip. If y’all ain’t serving no warrants, y’all cannot be in right here,” English instructed police.
After Nickerson replied that that they had enterprise within the constructing, English turned agitated and requested to see a warrant, the paper reported. English instructed the paper that he shoved the officer after he tried to enter his condo.
Police then threw him to the ground, slammed his head into his espresso desk and 4 officers knelt on his again with one placing him in a chokehold and tased him, alleged English.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Division instructed the paper that an officer “initiated an ‘arc’ of the Taser,” which prompts the weapon’s electrical present however would not hearth the cartridge. Police didn’t launch that portion of the physique digicam footage to the paper. English disputed the police’s model of occasions.
Prosecutors dropped assault fees towards English, who was launched from custody inside hours of his arrest, in line with the paper. English instructed the paper that he has adopted up with the mayor’s workplace and can vote for an additional candidate if Bowser would not take motion towards the officers.
Newsweek has reached out to Bowser’s workplace, the Metropolitan Police Division and English for remark.