A D.C. police sergeant was arrested early Wednesday morning at a club in Southeast D.C. after he allegedly grabbed and slammed to the ground a bartender with whom he once had a relationship.
Authorities arrested Sgt. Yurell Washington of the 7th District and charged him with domestic violence.
Police say that Washington was at Georgene's, at 2737 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, when he yelled "Hey (expletive)" four times. The bartender, who Washington dated four years ago, didn't know who he was yelling at.
The bartender's son asked Washington if there was a problem. The bartender then walked up to Washington, at which point he allegedly grabbed her and threw her to the ground, according to police.
A crowd pushed Washington outside of the club and the bartender followed. Once outside, Washington allegedly grabbed the bartender by the back of her neck.
Both the bartender and Washington then called 911. Police arrested Washington at about 3:30 a.m. Police said the woman had a bruise on her torso and cuts on her arm, shoulder and side.
Public records show domestic violence claims and stay-away orders involving Washington and his ex-wife from 2004, when he allegedly kicked in a door.
Georgena's is a family establishment. Angela Thompson said Washington patrols nearby and is a regular customer.
Thompson, who also works at the restaurant, and Washington allegedly exchanged some words, but nothing further happened.
"He felt that I shouldn't be charging him, but hey, I'm just doing my job," Thompson said.