YouTube video depicts fight between D.C. officer, man on street

YouTube video depicts fight between D.C. officer, man on street

A uniformed D.C. police officer got into a shouting match with a man on a crowded city street that escalated after they both mimicked boxing motions — and ended with the officer throwing a punch at the man and throwing him to the ground, according to a video posted on YouTube on July 4.

The 103-second video shows the officer and the man, who was wearing a white tank top and a cap, arguing for more than a minute as onlookers shout at them. It is unclear from the video when the incident took place, how long it went on before the recording began, who filmed it, or what initiated it.

At least two other uniformed officers can be seen in the video. None of them could be immediately identified. Police are aware of the video, police spokeswoman Gwen Crump said Friday, and the incident is under investigation.

The YouTube video of the incident, which appears to take place along 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan, includes some profanity. Others can be seen recording video as cars roll slowly by.

At times, the man can been seen shouting at the officer, who twirls a baton. As he paces in a circle, the officer follows him. After one bystander says “be a soldier — go for it,” the pair face each other and take fighting stances.

Within seconds, the officer — no longer holding his baton — lunges at the man, then grapples with him as the struggle spills into the middle of the street. The man is taken to the ground, at which point other officers assist the first.

Three other D.C. police officers are being investigated to determine if they were involved in an incident outside of another Northwest night club in June, where a Maryland man lost his eye after being repeatedly kicked by bouncers.

Post reporter Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.

This item has been updated.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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