- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A D.C. Council committee will hold a hearing Wednesday night on police department procedures such as of stop-and-frisk tactics, traffic stops and its program to test the use of on-body cameras for officers.

Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat who heads the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, is convening the hearing at Howard University to let residents testify about their experiences in being stopped or detained by Metropolitan Police officers.

According to a witness list released before the hearing, members of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital, the NAACP, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, and the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens are expected to testify. At least 15 other public witnesses have signed up to testify as well.

Police officials also are scheduled to attend, said Mr. Wells’ spokeswoman, Julia Robey Christian.

Police started a pilot program on Oct. 1 that has outfitted 165 officers with on-body cameras to test the equipment’s use, with Chief Cathy L. Lanier saying she hopes to expand the program across the entire force in three years.

Officials believe the use of such cameras could reduce public complaints lodged against and speed up investigations of such complaints.

Wednesday’s hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium, at 2600 Sixth St. NW. A second hearing is scheduled to continue the discussion on Oct. 27 at City Hall.

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