D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said she was “shocked” by a video that shows an officer confronting a citizen who was filming an arrest on a public sidewalk.
“We have an extremely clear policy that addresses the Metropolitan Police Department’s recognition of the First Amendment rights enjoyed by, not only members of the media, but the general public as well, to video record, photograph and or audio record MPD members conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity,”
Lanier said in a statement.
“We spent an extensive amount of time to ensure that members were aware of the policy, developed in 2011.”
Andrew Heining, a mobile engagement producer at the Washington Post, shot the video on September 7 outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Shortly after he begins filming, an officer, identified as C.C. Reynolds, approaches him and tells him to “pack up and go.”
Heining questioned the officer’s directive and remained on the sidewalk. “You are videotaping this crime scene, right? … That makes you part of it. And your little camera phone could be used as evidence, you understand?” Reynolds said.
“I don’t know what happened before this, whether the man was indeed fighting, or whether the large police response was warranted, but in light of the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, N.Y., and elsewhere, I thought it prudent to stay and observe the arrest,” Heining wrote in the YouTube video’s description. “I know that I have a right to occupy a public place, and that recording the police isn’t cause for suspicion or accusation of wrongdoing.”
“The video speaks for itself. I was shocked when I saw it,” Lanier said. “There is no excuse for an officer to be unaware of the policy. This matter is under investigation.”
D.C. Council Moves Forward with Backward Concealed Carry Law
This week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the District would soon begin accepting applications for licenses to carry a concealed pistol. It’s questionable if many applicants will actually receive a license because of the nearly unfettered discretion given to the chief under the temporary law that is currently in effect. That law has numerous problems, yet the D.C. City Council appears to be intent on making the temporary law permanent.
At a hearing on the permanent concealed carry bill, which is virtually identical to the current temporary law, members of the council and Chief Lanier hinted that they may actually be planning to make the law worse. The Washington Times reports that Lanier proposed two changes while at the hearing.
First, Lanier proposes that taxi drivers be prohibited from carrying a firearm, presumably only while they are actually working. The public safety benefit of such a prohibition is not clear, but it is clear that such a requirement would pose a serious danger to cab drivers who have a very real need to carry a firearm. The law requires an applicant to show a special need to carry a firearm that requires the applicant to demonstrate “good reason to fear injury to his or her person, which shall at a minimum require a showing of a special need for self-protection distinguishable from the general community as supported by evidence of specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life … .” Notwithstanding that this requirement all but requires an applicant to be a victim of a violent crime before applying for a license, which for some will be too late, Chief Lanier is seeking to deny a person who is in such imminent danger of the most a ready means to defend themselves based on their occupation as a cab driver.
Lanier would also like to further compound the problems in the law with places where even a licensee cannot carry a firearm. Because the temporary law and the proposed bill have several prohibited places that would be difficult for a licensee to identify, the law and bill both require that a person is informed of the existence of one of these prohibited places before they are arrested. Lanier would like to eliminate this notice requirement for “public gatherings and special events.” The chief did not explain how a licensee is supposed to tell the difference between an official “public gathering” and any other gathering of people, but she does want the authority to arrest any licensee who mistakenly enters one of these gatherings or events while carrying a firearm.
No changes were actually adopted at the hearing, but the council and Chief Lanier seem intent on implementing a law that fails to comply with the court decision that held the District’s prior ban on carrying handguns unconstitutional. Councilmember Tommy Wells obliquely admitted that the current proposal is likely unconstitutional when he told the audience at the hearing that the council would likely be forced to revisit the law in the future. Rather than passing such a blatantly unconstitutional proposal, perhaps Councilmember Wells and the rest of the council should instead focus on upholding their oaths of office by introducing and passing legislation more in line with the 42 states that actually respect their citizens’ right to bear arms.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy executive and three other people had worked for the businessman’s construction company and is believed to be on the run in New York, authorities said.
“All those [marijuana] arrests do is make people hate us,” Lanier told the American News Women’s Club, as reported by The Daily Beast. “Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem.”
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El Terror que visitó Washington DC esta mañana cuando al menos dos hombres fuertemente armados, con calma abrieron fuego dentro de un edificio en el Navy Yard de Washington matando al menos a 13 personas e hiriendo al menos a 15.
El Nombrado de 34 años de edad, contratista civil Aaron Alexis, nativo de Brooklyn entró en la cafetería en la base militar de Washington DC blandiendo un rifle AR-15, una escopeta y una pistola y comenzó a disparar.
Después que los equipos SWAT rodearon la sede del Comando Naval de Sistemas Marítimos,el FBI dijo que Alexis murió a raíz de su furia, en la que los testigos dijeron que él apareció para disparar a objetivos seleccionados y no al azar.
La Oficina de campo del FBI en Washington DC habría dicho que tienen ‘todos los activos fuera “en su búsqueda de otro tirador posible que describieron como un hombre negro de unos 40 años o unos 50 años.
El jefe de la policía de Washington DC Cathy Lanier, dijo el otro hombre armado llevaba un uniforme de estilo militar.
“Parece que tenemos por lo menos 12 muertos … no hay nada más grave que eso, obviamente,” dijo el alcalde de Washington DCVincent Gray.
“No tenemos motivo conocido en esta etapa. Vamos a continuar con la investigación para tratar de averiguar cual fue el motivo.
Anteriormente, el jefe de la policía en Washington DC Cathy Lanier, dijo que la policía estaba buscando a dos individuos, uno blanco y uno negro.
Sin embargo, la policía ha dicho que han identificado a la persona blanca y él no es un sospechoso o persona de interés.
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ACLU says the city increased arrests by 60 percent in 10 years, among the largest jumps in the U.S.
Credit to Chief Lanier for saying all the right things, but it would be a lot easier to take her seriously if the MPD wasn’t such a poorly-run organization with significant morale problems, in no small part due to Lanier herself. If only she were as well-regarded within the department as she is outside of it.