D.C. officer charged with assault in Southeast bar incident

A D.C. police sergeant with 25 years on the force was arrested early Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted a former girlfriend as she worked in a Southeast Washington bar, police said.

Sgt. Yurell E. Washington, 48, was off duty and in Georgene’s, a bar in the 2700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, when the incident occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m., police said.

The victim, a bartender, was assaulted twice — first inside the building, then outside moments later, police said.

Witnesses and the victim told police that Washington called her a foul name several times, then grabbed her by her hair and slammed her to the floor in the bar. After other patrons forced Washington outside, the woman followed, and Washington allegedly grabbed her by the neck.

The woman suffered numerous bruises, police said. Washington, charged with two counts of assault, was freed on his own recognizance after his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court and ordered to return for a Feb. 8 pre-trial hearing. He did not enter a plea.

A police spokeswoman said Washington, who was assigned to the department’s Seventh District in Southeast, was placed on administrative leave pending a resolution of the case.

Paul Duggan covers the Metro system and transportation issues for The Washington Post.

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