Police Officer Charged in Hazing Suit
A D.C. man is suing Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity for more than $2 million, claiming he was illegally hazed by a member of the Prince George’s County police force earlier this year.
Harry Draughn Jr., 45, says he was beaten, smacked with a cane and told to perform tasks in his underwear while pledging to become a member of the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter of the fraternity. The suit names the fraternity and intake chairman Jesse Stewart Jr. as defendants. Stewart is also identified as a Prince George’s County officer.
Jimmy Bell is representing Draughn. He says the fraternity has nationally had issues with hazing in the past. “It makes no sense that a month later my client is being hazed,” Bell told the Washington Post. “They didn’t fix the problems. That is failed leadership.”
Draughn, a North Carolina A&T State University alum, said he became interested in the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi for the brotherhood and the group’s commitment to service. He said he paid $3,000 to become a member in January, but was denied a refund after complaining of hazing.
Stewart, along with the local alumni chapter in Maryland, did not return calls from the Post seeking comment. The national Kappa Alpha Psi organization based in Pennsylvania also did not return the publication’s calls.