WASHINGTON — A local teenager was physically restrained and handcuffed by D.C. police simply because he’s black, the boy’s lawyer claims.
The incident, which happened earlier this week near Eastern Market, was captured on cellphone video and quickly led to outrage on social media.
Jason Goolsby was eventually released and not charged with a crime.
Police originally got word that three people “may be trying to rob people at the ATM,” according to a statement from D.C. Police.
Goolsby was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, where he remained until the officers apparently told him it was a “misunderstanding.”“Something is seriously wrong with society where an innocent, young black man feels safer trying to not be in the hands of a police officer than being in the hands of a police officer,” said Peter Grenier, a lawyer who spoke for Goolsby on Thursday.
“I just don’t want this to ever happen again, and I want to see justice,” Goolsby said.
At a news conference Thursday, Grenier avoided specifics of what they’re seeking until more information becomes available.
“We intend to hold all culpable individuals, as well as the District of Columbia, responsible through whatever legal means possible,” he said.
Goolsby said he feels some pain in his shoulder and soreness in his back following the incident.
In a statement earlier this week, D.C. Police said they were reviewing the circumstances around the stop to see if policies and procedures were followed.