WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama was briefly detained outside of the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday morning after two white D.C. Metropolitan Police officers mistook the Commander-in-Chief for a robbery suspect.
“At approximately 10:45 A.M. two officers observed an individual matching the description of a suspect sought in connection with a robbery that took place at a convenience store several blocks south of the U.S. Capitol,” D.C. Metropolitan police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Unbeknownst to the officers, their ‘suspect’ was none other than President Barack Obama.
Police approached President Obama from a safe distance before ordering him to the ground, but according to witness accounts, when the president, who likely didn’t realize the Metropolitan police officers were addressing him, didn’t immediately comply, both officers shot him multiple times with their Tasers.
Cell phone video taken by a congressional aide who asked to remain anonymous, shows Mr. Obama, who is African-American, pinned on the ground by two white police officers, one of whom can be heard repeatedly ordering the president to stop resisting arrest.
A spokesperson for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said President Obama bore a ‘striking resemblance’ to the robbery suspect. “From the distance at which our officers were standing, you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart.” The man, whose name has not been released by police, was later arrested in Maryland after holding up a second convenience store.
The two Metropolitan police officers were reportedly still on duty following Tuesday’s incident. A department official with knowledge of the incident told Real News Right Now that neither officer is likely to face disciplinary action. “Both officers involved used sound judgement and appropriate use of force given the information available to them at the time,” the official said.
President Obama is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. EST tonight.