Howard University officials have fired two campus police officers and their supervisor involved with dumping a female patient from a wheelchair and leaving her lying on the ground at a bus stop near the university hospital.
Two of the officers, a male and female, were terminated; a third, a male supervisor who ordered that the woman 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.
Passersby could be heard on the video expressing concern about the woman, who was left on the ground with no wheelchair and no hospital personnel.
The unidentified woman initially was brought to the hospital by ambulance and became “agitated,” Adegoke said. Officers assigned to the hospital were called to try to calm her. She allegedly refused treatment, was discharged and the officers were told to escort her out of the hospital, he said.
“They didn’t have no other choice but to take her out to Georgia Avenue,” Adegoke said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “This is something that just got out of hand.”
Howard University spokeswoman Crystal Brown did not return a phone call on Tuesday seeking comment.