A Howard University finance major is claiming police brutality at the hands of DC’s Metro Transit Police. Jeremy Gordon, 27, says he was pulled over by Metro Police Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m on Suitland Parkway near Anacostia Metro station. After being pulled over, he says that’s when he was beaten.
“They threw me to the ground, they handcuffed me — this is what I have to show for following the instructions of the law,” he said.
According to Gordon, he didn’t know why he was being pulled over in the first place. But the complaining officer says that he was pulled over for “weaving in and out of traffic,” and that Gordon became combative. The officer also said he appeared intoxicated. The report finishes with: “The defendant was taken to the ground where he sustained lacerations to his left eye and bottom lip.”
“I’m being pulled from my car and thrown to the ground handcuffed and look at my eye, my eye is damaged. I can’t even feel my face right now…the nerves in my face, they’re damaged.”
But according to Gordon’s girlfriend, there was no way he was intoxicated because he had just gotten off from work and was in good spirits. Gordon insists that all he did was change lanes.
“I want justice…everyone needs to apologize to him, he is a good man,” says girlfriend Bernice Victor.
“What did I do to deserve this?” asks Gordon. “I did nothing. If you pull me out of my car, this is almost an entrapment to police brutality. This is not right, I didn’t ask for that.”
Gordon is now being charged with assaulting a police officer, and says:
“It’s not about race, it’s not about white, black — it’s about doing right, doing what you say you supposed to be doing. I never threw a punch, I never cursed, I didn’t have time to do any of that stuff…”