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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Gwendolyn Crump
Two similar attacks on women in the District have prompted concern that the Internet-fueled youth violence phenomenon called the "knockout" game has taken hold in the city — but criminologists say the history of such attacks stretch back years and happen less frequently than perceived.
The D.C. police department has released information about how to re-register firearms in the city — two years after the original deadline.
Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.
The District of Columbia is the only place in the country that refuses to abide by the constitutional mandate that individuals have the right to bear arms. The city is a playground for criminals because they know the law-abiding aren’t armed. This week, however, one bad guy picked the wrong woman.
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don’t apply to the liberal elite. She helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire “assault weapons,” which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms, then tried to cover up the police involvement.
Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don’t apply to the liberal elite. The police chief helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire “assault weapons,” which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms, then tried to cover up the police involvement. However, a recent response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Chief Lanier’s shocking willingness to bend the rules for partisan and ideological purposes.
A minister is calling on D.C. police to investigate as a hate crime the toppling of a Ten Commandments statue outside the headquarters of an evangelical Christian group, but the group's leaders said Tuesday they would be content if the person or people responsible just turned themselves in.
An off-duty D.C. police officer fired on a man who pointed an assault rifle at him Wednesday night in Southeast, authorities said.
A D.C. Superior Court judge has upheld an administrative board's ruling that puts the Metropolitan Police Department on the hook for millions of dollars in back pay and raises questions about the continued use of Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-fighting initiative.
Two of the Metropolitan Police Departments' key computer systems were down for several hours due to a network issue this week, police confirmed.
A D.C. lawmaker is looking to end the Metropolitan Police Department's long-standing ban on the release of mug shots of people who are arrested — a move she hopes will increase the likelihood of solving other crimes.
D.C. police are investigating whether a man will face criminal charges for shooting a pit bull that was attacking a child in his neighborhood.
NBC's David Gregory has gotten away for nearly a month with violating Washington's firearms law on national television. The Metropolitan Police Department concluded its official investigation into the "Meet the Press" host's display of a prohibited 30-round rifle magazine on the live program, passing the buck to the District's Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
District of Columbia police say they are investigating an incident in which NBC News journalist David Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on "Meet the Press."
The city is experiencing lower homicide rates, as officials recently announced, and that is truly good news (and let's pray it continues). Gathering, disseminating and sharing accurate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly crime information equals credibility. As things stand now, the department is blocking the public's view.
The public has until Dec. 14 to comment on the proposed rules, Ms. Crump said, after which the police department will make any changes necessary before publishing the final version.
"We have worked to meet the requirements of the law while trying to streamline the process as much as possible," police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Monday.