Howard fires trio after wheelchair incident

Howard University officials have fired two campus police officers and their supervisor, who were involved with dumping a patient from a wheelchair and leaving her lying on the ground at a bus stop near the hospital.

Two of the officers, a man and a women, were terminated; a third, a male supervisor who ordered that the patient be taken from the hospital, also was fired, according to Gabriel Adegoke, president of the Metropolitan Campus Police Officers Union, which represents the officers.

The incident, which occurred last month and was captured on video, appears to show a male officer pushing the barefoot woman in the chair along Georgia Avenue. The woman’s legs are flung in the air when the officer stops abruptly and she tumbles out of the chair. A second male officer and a female officer watched as the woman hits the ground. The female officer throws up her gloved hand and tells the male officers to “leave her there.”

The second male officer was not terminated, Adegoke said.

Howard spokeswoman Crystal Brown did not return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment.

Staff at charter school seeks to form a union

Teachers at a D.C. charter school are pushing to unionize, citing a desire to provide more resources to students and a need to stabilize the teaching force.

About 80 percent of the 35 teachers, librarians and social workers at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at Chavez Prep Middle School in Northwest signed a petition to ask the school’s administration to recognize their union, the D.C. Alliance for Charter School Teachers and Staff at Chavez Prep.

If recognized, the middle school would have the first union at a D.C. charter school. An effort to unionize at a different charter school failed earlier this year.

— Alejandra Matos

Police say burglar sets home afire, causes stir

Authorities in Prince George’s County said a man burglarized a home Tuesday and then set it on fire before fleeing police and causing a suburban neighborhood to be locked down for several hours.

Just before 8 a.m., neighbors of a home in the 7700 block of Surratts Road in Clinton noticed a man who was not the homeowner taking items from the home, and they contacted police. Officers found smoke and fire coming from the house. Then the suspect fled into nearby woods with a shotgun, Prince George’s County police said.

Police said they set up a barricade, K-9 units were brought in and officers went door-to-door to warn residents to stay inside, according to Prince George’s Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III.

Just after 10 a.m., police found the man and the stolen shotgun in the woods. No one was hurt.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Baltimore mayor aide gets year of probation

Gary Brown, who was denied a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates after he was charged with violating campaign finance laws, was found guilty on Tuesday and sentenced to a year of supervised probation, authorities said.

The Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office alleged that Brown, a former campaign worker and current aide to Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D), illegally bypassed a $6,000 limit on campaign contributions by depositing $18,000 into relatives’ bank accounts and donating in their names to Pugh’s 2016 mayoral bid.

— Fenit Nirappil