[WATCH] Cops Twist Teen Boy’s Arm After Thinking His ATM Withdraw Was “Robbery”

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2015/10/14

In an act of blatant indifference, a police union representative called the use of excessive force on a teenager an example of exemplary officer conduct.

A video has surfaced on Twitter this week showing a young man shrieking in pain as police officers handcuff him on Capitol Hill.

On Monday, October 12 police responded to a call regarding three men who were behaving suspiciously around a Citibank ATM at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to the cops, when they reached the location they found that the African-American teen and his friends “fit the description” of the persons described in the call.

Eighteen-year-old Jason Goolsby says he was standing outside the bank merely waiting to withdraw money from the ATM.

He had just held open the foyer door of the bank for a woman with a baby stroller when he saw police cars racing towards him.

He was nearly struck by one of them.

The victims said the police were called after people in the bank “felt uncomfortable.”

“We where approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank, this is how the police responded …”

In the video two white police officers are seen ,what can only be called, using excessive force.

They are seen twisting Jason’s arm behind his back as he squeals in pain.

A third police officer is heard telling the bystander who was filming the incident to stop.

Both the witness and the victim were handcuffed, although no charges were pressed.

The police remarked on the incident as follows:

The initial call was for a suspicious person, three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM. The location for the call was 6th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Officers in the area responded to the assignment. One individual fled on foot from the police, was chased, and then taken down. The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop. The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated. Neither individual was arrested.

Evidently, using an ATM while black is enough to labeled “suspicious” now.

Chair of the DC Police Union Delroy Burton says there is no cause for concern.

“Those officers did exactly what they were supposed to do,” he said.

The police say Goolsby was released after questioning and even though he was asked if he needed medical attention he chose to leave right after.

Video of this disturbing encounter went viral and at least two dozen protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday.

Burton was not pleased with the demonstrators holding placards that said “Justice for Jason”.
According to him, it was much ado about nothing.

Goolsby’s former high school teacher Erika Totten was also at the protest. She says is a classic case of fear of a black boy.

“[He was] one of the sweetest kids I’ve had the honor of teaching,” she added.

The college freshman is a music student at the University of the District of Columbia and is also a model.

Speaking of the incident he said: “[The officers] threw me on the ground. They never read me my rights after they handcuffed me. . . . They never apologized”.

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  • Mike Mesa

    Poor example of policing. Excellent example of excessive force by a racist police state.

    • Rohan Padiyar

      Is there anything that can be done to fix this problem?

    • Rohan Padiyar

      Sue those cops and have them fired and let that victim collect money for the damages. How complicated is that?

      • Dimitri Theodosakis

        No since Public pay not Murderous Cop

      • SirTerrance Murphy

        That wont work fighting these pricks is the only way .

  • Anon Ymous

    Is this Minority Report and their police departments’ pre-crime squad?! If they were merely responding to a call about “suspicious activity” why weren’t they using words instead of their hands?

    • Anonymous

      Sure sounds like it to me.

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    Damn Idiots

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  • Rohan Padiyar

    Those cops need to get fired!

  • budhappy

    It’s very complicated because they never get fired. If they do, they get re-hired in another state. Why is there not a country wide database for government officials who have been fired and the reason why?

  • Adair

    One day…maybe…We the People will stand up and put a stop to this tyranny by defending our lives, Liberty and property with deadly force.

  • Galvarino

    Black people stop saying they fear black men. They don’t fear us they hate us. We have no weapons no army for them to fear. The simple plain truth is a majority of whites, and the system hate us. This is why they abuse you any chance they can. Stop calling it poor policing, poor training and fear. Call it what it is, Hate.

    • Donth8teme

      Galvarino I agree, one thing though. There are also Hispanic and Black cops that hate us as well. Most of my bad experience has been at the hands of dirty Hispanic cops telling me they “know how we are because they grew up with people like me”! I’m a Nurse that works in the trauma unit and we have police being completely indifferent towards their victims and tell me to not give them any assistance, I do any way. I think that is why they target me outside in the parking area.

  • James Michael

    Aggravated assault and battery and kidnapping are felonies on EVERY state……

  • Catherine Campbell

    read the article, they chased the one that ran, while I agree the police are out of control, this racial profiling crap is archaic and why only black men and women, I don’t understand I was in the south in the late 50’s, in the cities of NJ in the 60’s back in the south in the 70’s, when does it stop, when do you see a human being, a person, not a color, how can we teach our children not to be racists when it is seen every day, I pray everyday I live to see the end of this.

  • geejai

    What has to stop is police departments responding to the calls of fearful White people who see a Black man or Black men and assume they are criminals. White fear doesn’t justify disregarding our Constitutional rights. For some Whites just the sight of a Black man evokes fear. And if police departments have officers to respond to these calls perhaps they dont have enough real real crime and and they are overstaffed.