Protesters want #JusticeForJason after MPD video goes viral

Video of D.C. Police putting handcuffs on a young African American man while he screams in pain is viewed and retweeted thousands of times and it's sparked protests on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A couple dozen protesters shut down a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue SE in response to a video showing a D.C. police officer forcing a young African-American man on the ground that's gone viral.  

In the video, an MPD officer can be seen putting handcuffs on Jason Goolsby and twisting his arm while he screams in pain. His friend, Michael Brown, filmed the encounter. The video picks up after Goolsby was already on the ground.  

Police say they responded to a call for three suspicious people by an ATM near 6th Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE when they saw Goolsby and Brown.  

WATCH: Watch the video of the encounter here.

According to police, Goolsby ran from police, was chased and then brought down. He resisted and was handcuffed while resisting, police said.

Police also say Brown was interfering with police and was detained at the scene.

Neither Brown nor Goolsby was arrested, police said.  

Tuesday's protests started outside the Richard Wright School, where Goolsby and Brown attended classes, at the intersection of 8th Street SE and M Street SE. The protesters then marched up 8th to the Citibank on Pensylvania Avenue near where the encounter took place.

Neither Goolsby nor Brown responded to messages from WUSA9, but on Monday, Brown tweeted, "We where [sic] approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank, this is how the police responded."

On Tuesday, Brown tweeted "I don't want fame or to be glorified for what happened to my big bro and I ... I simply want justice ..." He has also changed his name on Twitter to #justiceforjason.

Some protesters suggested that Goolsby's detention had something to do with a D.C. police lookout on C Street SE for five people for what police called "robbery fear." That incident had nothing to do with the teens and was a real robbery that happened hours later.   

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