Protests Erupt In Washington DC As Black Students Detained After White Couple 'Felt Uncomfortable Around Them'

A pair of black students were forcefully restrained by police by a bank in Washington DC after a white couple called city officers because they "felt uncomfortable" around the youths.

Jason Goolsby, an 18-year-old scholarship student and musician, was withdrawing money from an ATM while accompanied by a friend when he was tackled to the ground by several officers.

Goolsby's friend, who has been identified only as 'Mike', uploaded the footage to Twitter, and the incident has since prompted protests by young people in America's capital.

"I'm not resisting", screams Goolsby, as his arms are twisted behind his back by the officers, who then handcuff him.

The police department claimed the detainment was in response to reports of a robbery but later confirmed "no criminal act was found to have taken place" and the circumstances would be reviewed to "ensure that policies and procedures were followed".

Officer Sean Hickman, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, told The Huffington Post on Tuesday afternoon that officers were responding to a potential robbery.

"The initial call was for a suspicious person, three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM," Hickman said in an email. "The location for the call was 6th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Officers in the area responded to the assignment. One individual fled on foot from the police, was chased, and then taken down. The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop. The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated. Neither individual was arrested."

Thousands have tweeted support for the African American youth under the hashtag #JusticeforJason, including one of the student's former teachers.

Friends of Goolsby took to the streets in Washington to peacefully demand justice for the University of the District of Columbia student.