When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in Washington, D.C., it also can be used as a tactic against citizens.
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Law and Disorder 2: Citizens, cameras and cops
In part 2 of Reveal’s in-depth look at law and disorder, we expose some of the tensions between police and the communities they serve and how video ca
Posted inLocal Law Enforcement, National Security
In DC, wiggling while handcuffed counts as assaulting an officer
WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer in Washington, D.C. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge.
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