By: Matthew Tievsky
Jason Goolsby, an 18 year-old student of the University of the District
of Columbia, was violently arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department
on October 12, 2015. Mr. Goolsby had visited a bank in Eastern Market
to withdraw money, and was walking home with friends, when a nearby woman
called 911, suspecting that Mr. Goolsby and his friends were planning
a robbery. Within minutes, multiple police crusiers driving at high speed
pulled up right by Mr. Goolsby, and policemen got out with guns drawn.
According to Mr. Goolsby, he feared for his life and ran from the police,
who chased him and forcefully took him down to the ground. The police
then determined that Mr. Goolsby had committed no crime, and allowed him
to go. A brief police report states that the 911 call was investigated,
but makes no mention of any use of force. The arrest was captured on a
cell phone video, and some D.C. residents are protesting that Mr. Goolsby,
who is black, was racially profiled. Mr. Goolsby has hired an attorney
and is seeking possible compensation for being mistreated.
We all should be grateful for the good work that the Metropolitan Police
Department does in keeping D.C. citizens safe from the threat of crime.
However, at the same time, there are standards that police must maintain
when they use force against citizens – particularly citizens who
haven’t committed any crime. That is part of the reason why the
civil justice system plays a valuable role in police brutality cases –
to ensure that victims of brutality are compensated, and that bad police
officers are held accountable for their actions.
If you believe that you have been mistreated and harmed by police, an attorney
from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help you learn
more about your rights.For a free consultation,
contact us today.