A former Metro Transit Police officer was found guilty Wednesday of a civil rights violation for beating an unarmed civilian with a metal baton, considered a use of excessive force, four years ago.
On Feb. 16, 2018, a man named in court documents as “D.C.” tried to go through the fare gate at the Anacostia Metrorail station with an invalid SmarTrip card.
“D.C.” became agitated after the card was confiscated, and complained to former Metro Transit Police officer Andra Vance about the situation.
A fellow officer helped handcuff the victim, but another officer who witnessed the events “testified that D.C. was not a threat to Vance or anyone else at the Anacostia Metro station,” according to the Justice Department.
“People in the District of Columbia have the right to be free from excessive force at the hands of law enforcement, and that includes transit officers working for the D.C. Metro,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke in the Justice Department’s announcement.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves said in the announcement, “When officers violate the civil rights of District citizens through unreasonable and unjustified violence, we will hold them accountable.”
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