Video shot by a teenager and obtained recently by The Wash raises questions about the actions of some DC Metropolitan police officers during what was described as a “disorderly affray.”
According to a police report, a cruiser responded on October 13 to a parking lot adjacent to the Wawa convenience store on 40th Street NW.
Initial reports circulated on social media by DC Police stated, “The crowd of approximately 300 juveniles was dispersed from the immediate area.”
The report did not state how they were dispersed, but video and audio recordings from that night show they did so, in part, using MPD-issued Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray.
Among those concerned about this tactic is a parent whose child obtained a video of the incident. She agreed to speak with The Wash if we withheld her identity. She did not want her high school-aged child to get in trouble.
“I have a video of the police macing the students. And I have a video of students inside the Wawa grabbing milk to put milk on their eyes ’cause they can’t see,” the mother told The Wash.