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Ex-Council Member Brazil Charged in Tattoo Shop Fight

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.

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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