Police release video footage of officer being kidnapped while on duty, forced to fire weapon

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WASHINGTON, DC – Washington DC Metropolitan Police have now released video footage from the body-worn camera of the officer who was kidnapped, on duty, and forced to fire his weapon. 

The video clearly shows that the officer was attempting to stop the suspect, in this case, Natango Robinson, from fleeing the scene when they were attempting to take him into custody for a weapons violation. 

As the officers engage the man who is armed with a gun and sitting in a car, they repeatedly warn the man to “stop reaching, stop reaching.” 

At this point, the officer with the body-worn camera jumps into the backseat of the car, probably hoping to keep Robinson from fleeing.

When this happens, Robinson decides to flee, with the officer in the backseat. 

When Robinson steps on the gas, he throws the two other officers out of the car.  The subject officer pulls his firearm and begins yelling several times for Robinson to stop the car. 

Robinson is heard in the background telling the officer not to shoot him.

As Robinson ignores all orders to stop the vehicle and put it in park, the officer fires one shot, striking Robinson, and then jumps out of the car while it is still in motion. 

The officer tumbles onto the street and is approached by another officer who asks him what hurts, his response, “everything.”

Officers later found Robinson who had checked himself into a local hospital for medical treatment for the apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  It was there officers were able to take him into custody without further incident.

The incident started when DC Metropolitan Police were called to investigate a man allegedly chasing another with a gun.  When officers arrived in the 500 block of Kennedy Street NW, they encountered Robinson, and while questioning him, they patted him down for weapons to ensure their safety and that of Robinson’s. 

During the pat down, an officer felt a firearm and they attempted to secure him which lead to a struggle.  Robinson allegedly broke free from officers and was able to flee on foot and entered the vehicle in an alleyway. 

As the first two officers along the front seat attempting to prevent Robinson from fleeing, the subject officer jumped into the backseat which started the chain of events that led up to the officer firing his weapon.

DC Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said:

“That person was able to break away from our officer, he fled to a nearby alley where there was a vehicle, he was able to enter that vehicle and once inside of that vehicle, our officers chased him and engaged a second time. 

A violent struggle ensued between officers and this individual as they tried to remove him from the vehicle and also retrieve the firearm that they felt on him at that time.”

“They went to look for the individual, they encountered the individual, they fought with the individual, they tried to successfully take this person into custody.  Unfortunately, this individual did not want to go into custody.”

Robinson was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer while armed, kidnapping while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, fleeing a law enforcement officer, failure to obey, and reckless driving.  Contee added:

“The officer was actually, literally, kidnapped, if you will, in the backseat of the vehicle while this guy is driving down two or three blocks.”

The Metropolitan Police officer who fired the shot has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

This is normal procedure for all law enforcement agencies to ensure that the investigation is completed which will either exonerate the officer in their use of force or lead to disciplinary action and/or arrest if the use of force is determined to be unlawful.

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Robbery suspects caught on video wrestling victim to the ground at a gas station in police-defunded Washington DC

WASHINGTON, D.C.– According to authorities, five suspects are being sought after a robbery and beating of a victim at a D.C. gas station was captured on video. 

The Metropolitan Police Department released the surveillance footage of the attack hoping that the public will help identify the suspects. Police stated that the incident began just after 11:10 p.m. on July 24th.

The footage appears to show three people surrounding a male near a parked car at at gas station in the northeast quadrant of the city.

One of the individuals is seen on a bicycle. As the victim begins to walk away, one of the suspects grabs him from behind while another appears to reach into his pants pockets.

The victim is then shoved to the ground and kicked several times. At that point, another suspect comes and appears to help the other two suspects as they appear to go through the victim’s pockets.

 

As the attack is happening, a person gets into the driver’s seat of the car where the confrontation initially took place and pulls away. The suspect on the bicycle watches a fifth person comes and appears to rob the victim as well.

All five suspects left the scene and left the victim on the ground. Before fleeing, video shows one of the attackers kick the victim once more.

According to data, as of Wednesday, August 4th, robberies are up 3 percent in the city with 1,049 being reported compared to 1,013 in the same time frame in 2020.

Amid an increase in violence across the city, a 31-year-old teacher and father of four was killed on Saturday, July 31st. The victim, Kervin Sanchez, was a teacher at Hope Tolson. His death comes as the city struggles to keep a grip on public safety.

 

Marvin Moore, a longtime friend of Sanchez, told Fox News’ Steve Doocy that the current climate in the city is “very troubling.” He added:

It’s very worrisome to not be able to predict whether or not your loved one or your family member is going to return home to you after leaving outside of the house.”

He stated:

“We are in very devastating times and this is unlike anything that I’ve seen in my entire time growing up here in D.C.”

In an effort to combat the rise in violent crime in D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed an $11 million package to hire 170 new officers to bolster the city’s police force.

However, the package that the city council approved only allocates $5 million for new officers.

 

In a recent statement, Bowser said:

“We need what we need. We need to hire officers as soon as we can and we need the council to understand that.”

In the month of July, D.C. reported three times more homicides than deaths from COVID-19, raising questions around the city’s priorities. Moore said:

“As a community, as a city, we have to figure it out. We have to find a way to create a better resolve. Look for alternative solutions to problem solving.”

He added:

“Something that has to be done that doesn’t leave us having to do interviews about people who’ve passed or about lives that have been lost, especially for people that have such an astounding impact on their community.”

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