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As if WMATA doesn’t have enough on its plate with having to implement random bag searches and combat body odor, one of its drivers has landed in some trouble.
Friday evening, in the vicinity of 3rd and D Streets NE, members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team (CRT) observed a group of young men walking down the sidewalk swinging a baseball bat.
According to an account posted by Sgt. Christopher Micciche on a Capitol Hill listserv, members of the CRT decided to get out of their car and arrest the guy with the baseball bat for a “weapons violation.”
The grab didn’t go smoothly:
The officers were then besieged by the remaining group of four young men attempting to free their friend. Back-up was summoned to assist, and one of the young men kicked an officer. The young men were arrested for Assault on a Police Officer-Misdemeanor. While those individuals were being apprehended and the situation was still chaotic, a MetroBus driver exited her bus and attempted to intervene on behalf of the young men. She was also arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer-Misdemeanor.
The charge doesn’t mean the bus driver did anything violent, only that she got in the way of the officers: “Assault on a Police Officer-Misdemeanor includes physical assault as well as intimidating, impeding or obstructing police officers in the performance of their official duties.”
WMATA spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says that he has no idea “why the operator got involved in the incident in the first place.”He also says that the employee—-who has been driving for about four years—-will remain on administrative leave while transit police investigate.