As the Metropolitan Police Department searches for its next leader, more than 100 advocates and concerned citizens passionately debated crime and policing in the District at a public oversight panel last night that lasted past midnight.
Frequently raised topics included excessive use of force, body cameras, racism, training and regulating special police, and what community policing should look like in practice, as well as the type of person that residents would like to see take the helm in the wake of Cathy Lanier’s departure.
Ward 5 councilmember and Committee on the Judiciary chair Kenyan McDuffie hosted the hearing
Long-serving Chief of Police Cathy Lanier stepped down last month to take a security job with the National Football League after holding the position for nine years. She was widely popular, but notable critics included Black Lives Matter activists and members of the D.C. police union. Peter Newsham, who served as an assistant chief since 2002, is currently filling in as interim head of police…read the rest here.