D.C. Council Member Charles Allen sent a formal letter to U.S. Park Police requesting answers for the incident.
“I would appreciate your response in reviewing yesterday’s events. I would also appreciate knowing how standards and expectations will be evenly applied in the future,” the Council Member said.
According to Sgt. Anna Rose, an officer with the U.S. Parks Police, the officers detained the three teens for “illegally vending”.
“Officers placed them in handcuffs for the safety of the officers and of the individuals,” Sgt. Rose said.
The teens were eventually released to their guardians and given a verbal warning.
Tim Krepp, who took these photos at the National Mall, said, “There’s obviously a racial disparity in how they are treating these young men and other vendors that we see on the mall.”