WASHINGTON - A University of the District of Columbia freshman student’s encounter with D.C. police officers that was captured on video is sparking outrage.
Jason Goolsby claims he was abused by the officers while walking home from the bank Monday night.
In the video that has been posted and shared on social media, the 18-year-old appears to be detained on the ground by police.
Goolsby said he was getting money out of a bank Monday night in Southeast D.C. and started walking home with his two friends when a police cruiser started following them. He said the car sped up and nearly hit him. Goolsby also claims an officer got out and threatened him before slamming him to the ground.
Regarding the incident, D.C. police say they were responding to a call about three suspects that may have been trying to rob people at an ATM on 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast.
Police say a person fled on foot from officers and he was chased and taken down. He was handcuffed after he resisted and refused to stop.
Police also say the person recording the video was also interfering with police and he was also detained. However, neither of them were arrested.
D.C. police said in a statement, “We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the stop to ensure that policies and procedures were followed.”
On Tuesday afternoon, protesters blocked traffic in Southeast D.C. nearby the Navy Yard and held a rally called "Justice for Jason." Goolsby did not attend Tuesday’s rally.
FOX 5 spoke to Goolsby Tuesday evening and he said he was going to the hospital for treatment.