Sunday, August 2, 2015

Did Ramsey Order Mass Arrests in DC in 2002?

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is in the news today down in Washington D.C., where he once served as police chief. A lawsuit filed on behalf of protesters arrested during a 2002 demonstration includes a statement from a police detective, who says he heard Ramsey order the mass arrests.

Did Ramsey Order Mass Arrests in DC in 2002?

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Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is in the news today down in Washington D.C., where he once served as police chief. A lawsuit filed on behalf of protesters arrested during a 2002 demonstration includes a statement from a police detective, who says he heard Ramsey order the mass arrests.

Ramsey has denied ordering the arrests in the past.  Here's an excerpt from the Washington Post:

The detective, Paul E. Hustler, said in an affidavit that he was a few feet from Ramsey during the protests at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank when he overheard the chief tell officers that "we're going to lock them up and teach them a lesson."

Nearly 400 people were arrested in Pershing Park, many of them bystanders, without any warning to disperse. Ramsey, who left the D.C. force in 2006 and is now head of the Philadelphia department, has publicly apologized for the arrests but has consistently denied telling officers to make them.

For the full story, click here.

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