Screengrabs via @MacandCheeks

Bystander records disturbing video of Washington D.C. police dangling woman in the air

The video has prompted an immediate investigation.


Mary Emily O'Hara


Published Aug 15, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 6:24 am CDT

Disturbing footage of a police incident in Washington, D.C., began to go viral on Monday afternoon after a bystander posted three consecutive videos showing a male police officer holding a woman by her arms, her feet dangling in the air.

The Twitter user who posted the footage, @MacAndCheeks, said in a series of follow-up tweets that the incident occurred at 7th and T Street, directly across the street from the theater at Howard University. The incident took place Monday afternoon.

In the first video, the officer that is holding the woman—now identified by @MacAndCheeks as Shandon, age 32—can be heard asking her age and then dropping her to the ground after she answers. The female also appeared to say that she had just gotten off work.

The Daily Dot reached out to the bystander who shot the footage and was told a letter is being drafted to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, which will be shared with the Daily Dot. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Shortly after 6pm ET, the D.C. MPD tweeted a short response saying the video was being investigated.

According to the bystander, the woman was not arrested and the stop appeared to be arbitrary, with police returning her textbooks and allowing her to proceed to a bus stop before driving away. 

Update 8:50am CT, August 16: In an older version of this story, Shandon was identified as a young, possibly underage woman, but the bystander reports she is 32. 

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2016, 2:54 pm CDT