DC Transit Police Investigates Tasering of Unarmed Black Man

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Metro Transit Police (MTPD) in Washington, DC launched an investigation after an officer used a stun gun on an unarmed Black man. The incident occurred on June 22 around 5:42 p.m. at the U Street Metro Station after authorities received a report of juveniles threatening riders with sticks.

Video of the incident shows the man, identified as 28-year-old Tapiwa Musonza, asking officers questions before the incident escalated quickly, WUSA9 reported. An officer claimed in his report that Musonza was interfering in the police investigation and “exhibited behavior consistent with preparing to fight the officer,” according to WTOP.

Authorities said Musonza ignored warnings to move back, prompting an officer, identified as Jonathan E. Costanzo, to deploy his Taser. Video shows Cosanzo aggressively confronting Musonza and pushing him out of the way. Musonza extended his arms and took a step toward the officer before Costanzo again shoved him…

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