Eighteen Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners representing districts in each of the city’s eight wards issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on Dupont Circle ANC member Robert Leo Dwyer to resign from his seat.
The commissioners’ statement cites Dwyer’s alleged “intolerant behavior,” which they called a possible hate crime, in connection with his arrest on July 28 for allegedly assaulting a homeless man while shouting a racial slur.
Dwyer, who’s gay, has not responded to numerous news media requests for comment on his arrest in which police charged him with simple assault. Last week, Dwyer withdrew as a candidate for re-election by not submitting to the Board of Elections the petition signatures required for being placed on the ballot in the November election.
The joint statement by the commissioners refers to a police report saying the victim told police he saw Dwyer tossing the belongings of a homeless man into the street in front of the McDonald’s restaurant at 17th and Corcoran Streets, N.W. The report says the victim alleges that Dwyer sprayed him with a chemical cleaning fluid in a squirt bottle causing him to suffer skin irritation on his arms.
The report says the victim told police Dwyer allegedly shouted a racial slur at him during the incident. According to the report, Dwyer, when asked by police detectives if he made a racial slur, replied by saying, “I don’t think so.”
“Anyone who feels the need to attack a person who is homeless, then allegedly use a racial slur that he’s not even sure that he used, is not fit to hold public office in my hometown,” said Ward 8 Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green in the joint statement.
Green, who’s gay, added in the joint statement, “Commissioner Dwyer needs to do what’s right for the greater good of the residents he represents and resign.”
Among those who added their name to the statement was Dwyer’s fellow Dupont Circle ANC member Kishan Putta, who is running for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council.