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Ex-Council Member Brazil Charged in Tattoo Shop Fight

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By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 10, 2008

Former longtime D.C. Council member Harold Brazil was arrested last night for allegedly assaulting a tattoo parlor employee during an argument inside the Georgetown shop, D.C. police said.

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Brazil, 59, entered the Jinx Proof Tattoo shop in the 3200 block of M Street NW with two women, one of whom went to the back of the store to receive a tattoo, police said. When Brazil tried to follow the woman, an employee told him only customers were allowed in the work area, which prompted an argument and then a fight.

It took three employees to subdue Brazil before officers were called at about 7:30 p.m., authorities said. He was arrested and charged with simple assault and taken to the 2nd District police station, said Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes. Authorities released Brazil with a citation and a summons to appear in court at a later date, officials said. Brazil could not be reached for comment.

Brazil, a lawyer, was a four-term member of the D.C. Council. In 2004, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Kwame R. Brown, now an At-Large member. Brazil ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 1998. Early in his political career, he was praised as an energetic member of "the young Turks," a group of first-term anti-establishment reformers.


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