DC official on administrative leave, charges dropped after domestic violence incident

Julia Eisen – WMAL News | November 6, 2023

Charges have been dropped against newly promoted Assistant City Administrator Christopher Rodriguez but the DC government official remains on leave after being arrested late last week.

A police report says that Rodriguez pushed his wife to the ground with both hands on Thursday night.

In a joint statement released on Sunday the couple said that a “family medical emergency has created extreme stress and anxiety.” Additionally, the statement said that “neither party physically harmed the other, nor did they intend for any party to be arrested as a result of their verbal dispute.”

In a press conference on Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser says that she cannot comment on much on the incident.

“Dr. Rodriguez is on administrative leave. I’m sure you can imagine there is not much I can say,” Bowser said.

When pressed on whether she had read the actual police report and the apparent request by Mrs. Rodriguez for a temporary restraining order, Bowser was short in her response.

“I’m aware of a police report and that a TRO has been filed. I have been briefed on a police report and I’m not going to comment any further on it,” Bowser said.

Rodriguez is Bowser’s third top official in her cabinet to be in hot water this year.

WMAL News Correspondent Barbara Britt contributed to this report.

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