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“We would want to work with any police department that wants to take this on,” Ms. Curtis said. “It’s a protective move they can make to both protect the department and civil rights.”

The District’s new general order is not without criticism.

The union chairman representing the department’s officers called it “overkill,” stating that officers have thousands of interactions with residents each day that are without incident.

“The only concerns I’ve seen from officers is in case people get too close or if people try to take pictures of people’s personal information on an officer’s computer,” Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the District’s Fraternal Order of Police. “I think we’ve done a very good job for the last decade to respect people’s rights to take pictures.”