DC police officials face scrutiny over arrests of multiple officers

01/23/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – Police officials in Washington D.C. have been under scrutiny over the headline making arrests of multiple officers. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a hearing has been set by the D.C. Council to discuss concerns of some regarding the behavior of officers due to over a reported 100 having been arrested in the past five years.

As noted in the report, the department has approximately 4,500 officers and civilian employees, and police say the arrests do not represent the department in its entirety.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “We don’t think we have a department out of control, and I think that oftentimes is the image that is portrayed.”

The range of charges that have formed the basis of the officer arrests include traffic offenses, money laundering, and murder.

Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the public safety committee, is further quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “I think it’s extremely important that the public have confidence in our police force and we’ve had three high-profile cases of serious police misconduct, albeit generally off-duty.”

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