Former DC police officer sentenced after chokeholds

A former D.C. police officer was sentenced Friday to six months in prison after two incidents where he performed prohibited chokeholds.

Mark Lamont Clark, 57, received his sentence for two counts of deprivation of civil rights, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Clark was convicted back in May of 2023.

In addition to six months behind bars, Clark was ordered to two years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Clark applied a prohibited chokehold to a victim, “causing bodily injury through an unlawful use of excessive force,” outside a McDonald’s on July 13, 2018.

Five days later, outside a McDonald’s on July 18, 2018, Clark “similarly escalated a verbal confrontation with a McDonald’s patron … and then applied a prohibited chokehold and a prohibited carotid artery hold … causing bodily injury.”

Clark was in uniform both times and both incidents were caught on his body-worn camera.

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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