Washington D.C. Police Pepper Spray Black Man Over Bus Fare (Video)

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified black man was pepper sprayed by undercover Metro Transit Police officers in Washington D.C. on Wednesday after he allegedly didn't pay his bus fare.

Citizen journalist JaVanni Brustow filmed some of the incident on his cell phone and posted the video (below) on Facebook where it went viral.

Though not seen, the pepper spray is heard on the video.

Brustow tweeted yesterday, "Two white undercover officers just sprayed a black man. 10 police on a bus at Potomac Ave station at least. No one ever said wt hpnd."

In an interview with (video below), Brustow said that the man claimed he paid his fare, which other passengers confirmed; this is also heard in the video.

Brustow said that police tried to restrain the man who begged the officers not to pepper spray him, but the cops "sprayed him directly in the eye."

Brustow claimed that the bus driver, who works for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, left the passengers stranded.

Brustow recalled that "another seven police officers" came to the scene.

Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel claims the man was confronted by undercover police officers who asked him about not paying the fare, noted WUSA9. Stessel said the cops told the man to get off the bus, but he refused and got into a physical altercation with law enforcement who pepper sprayed him.

Sources: WUSA9, Twitter,, Facebook
Image Credit: YouTube/JaVanni Brustow Screenshot