Brawling Juveniles Assault DC Police Officers Outside Metro Station

Steve Birr | Vice Reporter

Two Washington, D.C., police officers were assaulted outside a Metro station Wednesday after a massive fight broke out between a group of juveniles.

More than a dozen officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were dispatched to the chaotic scene outside the Columbia Heights metro station. Police arrested three juveniles and charged them with assault after they struck two officers who attempted to intervene. The officers suffered minor injuries and no weapons were found on the individuals taken into custody, reports The Washington Post.

MPD said it is unclear what prompted the brawl, but stressed it doesn’t think there is any threat of more violence in the area related to Wednesday’s incident. A police spokesman said authorities did not know how many youths were involved in the fight.

Authorities dropped charges in April on six high school students involved in a brutal assault of a commuter and police officer on the metro in January in a similar incident. Authorities could not comment on the case and why the charges were abruptly dropped, but suggested there was not enough hard video evidence to identify the teens charged and prove they were involved in the January assault. (VIDEO: All Charges Dropped On Teens Involved In Brutal DC Metro Assault)

The teens were commuting to Woodrow Wilson High School when the fight broke out. Police say a teen punched a 35-year-old man on the red line, who swung back and ignited the massive brawl. Surveillance video captured the fight, which began on a metro train and spilled out on the platform at the Gallery Place station.

The video showed a mob of juveniles exploding off the train as onlookers scattered out of the way. Metro officials removed roughly 30 teens from the station over the incident which led to the assault on an officer.

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