A cell phone video (below) of a young black man being pinned down and handcuffed by white officers in Washington D.C. on Oct. 12 has gone viral and sparked protest.
Delroy Burton, chairman of the D.C. Police Union, claimed that the police got a call about people acting suspiciously, reports WJLA.
Twitter user @darealbighomiee, a black man who claimed to be one of those people, tweeted the video with the caption: "Today we we're harassed and assaulted because ' someone felt uncomfortable around us ' in a bank."
@darealbighomiee also tweeted, "We where approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank , this is how the police responded."
Police claim that when they approached the young man, he ran off. Officers then reportedly chased him for several blocks before subduing him, which is the part that the video shows.
In the video, a white officer appears to have his hand on top of the young man's head, pushing it against the concrete.
While the young man screams, the officers demand that he stop resisting and put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed.
Ultimately, the young man was not charged with any crime.
There was a protest in Washington D.C on Oct. 13 over the incident, which several dozen demonstrators believe was police brutality and racism.
Burton, whose union represents the officers, insisted that the cops followed procedure for restraining an individual who was resisting.