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When Ms. Sommons came back to her home the next day, she looked into Sgt. Corrigan’s apartment. “I was really upset because it was ransacked. It made me lose respect for the police officers involved,” she said. “Here was Matt, who spent a year fighting for our country in Iraq - where these police would never set foot in - and they treat him like trash off the street.”

Last month, the House passed a nonbinding amendment, sponsored by Rep. Phil Gingrey, Georgia Republican, that says active military living in or stationed in the District should not be bound by the city’s stringent firearm laws. Were such a law in place two years ago, Sgt. Corrigan would not have been targeted by the police.

The worst for Sgt. Corrigan was yet to come. The next installment will cover how he was “lost” in the city jail for more than two weeks.

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Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times. Her series on the District’s gun laws won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.