Police investigating report that DC police car hit a boy on his bicycle, then drove off
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - People in the Park View neighborhood are upset with D.C. police because they say two officers left the scene after hitting an 11-year-old on a bike.
“What, police are just going to hit a child and leave him there?” asked witness Patricia Burnett.
It was just before 8 p.m. Thursday. According to the boy's mother, the officers were following the boy because they noticed fireworks in his back pocket and wanted to check them out. They pursued him to an alley off Sixth Street NW near Otis Place.
“He was riding so fast and the police were driving so fast,” said Diana Jones, who was sitting outside at the time. “Once he hit that alley, we heard 'Boom!' We heard the thump.”
Police say when the boy turned off the road he hit the wall. The boy says the patrol car damaged his bicycle.
No one we spoke to saw the impact, only the aftermath.
“The little boy was pinned against the wall with a bike,” Jones added.
“They were outside the car and they jumped back in the car and just took off,” Burnett said.
“He was very scared,” Jones described. “He was very nervous and his leg was bleeding.”
Their question remains, why leave the scene when they knew the boy was hurt?
“Anyone could see this was a child,” Jones said. “And you hit him and you left him there … and you’re the law?”
The Metropolitan Police Department released a statement that reads, in part:
"While we are glad the juvenile was not seriously injured in this incident, we are taking these allegations involving one of our officers extremely seriously.
"MPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a full investigation to determine exactly what happened and whether proper procedures were followed."