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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/26/2011

What ‘assaulting a police officer’ means


Recently, a horrifying video surfaced of Metro Transit Police slamming a man in a wheelchair to the ground where he began bleeding from the head. WMATA said the man fell out of his wheelchair while “resisting arrest” and was “arrested for assault on a police officer.”

But do you really know what “assaulting a police officer” in D.C. means?

Quick quiz: Which of the following would be considered “assaulting a police officer”?

1. Punching a police officer in the face.

2. Standing behind a gate holding it closed while an officer tries to push it open.

3. Sitting in your car grabbing the steering wheel while an officer tries to drag you out of your car.

4. Standing at a Metro station with your hands in your pockets, refusing to take them out of your pockets when an officer commands you to.

If you guessed just No. 1, you are wrong.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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