The Police Chief in Washington, DC, is speaking out against one of her officers and in support of a man who stopped to record police arresting a man on a sidewalk only to be harassed by police and suspected of involvement in a crime for doing so.
Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she was surprised by the officer’s actions in the incident that happened this week, and that he is now under investigation because for clearly violating the department’s own regulations.
In the cell-phone video recording posted on YouTube, several police officers could be seen arresting a man lying on the ground, with his belongings scattered on the sidewalk outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Just over 50 seconds into the video, an officer approaches the witness, Andrew Heining, to ask if he knows the person being restrained.
“Are you a part of this, sir?” the officer, identified as C.C. Reynolds, asked Heining. “You’re videotaping an investigation. This can be evidence in the case you understand that?”