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The D.C. police union attributes the crime spike to changes in policing born out of the 2020 summer of social unrest — which resulted in smaller departments and budgets — and new rules activists say are aimed at curbing police abuse but that critics say impede fighting crime. Activists reject linking crime increases to police reforms. There are nearly 200 fewer D.C. officers this year than last year, according to the department, the lowest in two decades. The union says more than half of the 417 members who left since the council-imposed measures in June 2020 resigned before being eligible for retirement. “This means over 225 police officers turned in their badge and walked away,” union chairman Greggory Pemberton said in a statement. According to Pemberton, many say they are frustrated over what they cite as restrictions in making arrests and other enforcement actions. “The Council’s continued desire to reduce the size and funding of the police department hangs like a dark cloud of our city,” he said.
DC Police Union Chairman discusses violent crime in DC and what can be done to stop it.
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WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The DC Police Union complaint officials delayed allowing officers handling the disturbance at the 4th district station this week to change into riot gear and it resulted in injuries to officers that might have been prevented. Violent demonstrations break out over the death of Karon Hylton. His family and friends went to the 4th District station on Wednesday in a protest that dissolved into protesters breaking windows and throwing object at police. The following night a similar scene with fireworks shot at officers and over the two nights nearly 20 officers taken to hospitals. Police release video of chase, collision in moped incident that left DC man dead (GRAPHIC) The union blames the Policing Reform Bill the DC Council passed last summer with provisions discouraging the wearing of riot gear at demonstrations. As about the controversy, MPD Chief Peter Newsham seemed unaware of the complaints about a delay, but added, “Don’t for one moment think that that equipment is 100% protection against being hit with a brick. You can still be seriously injured and that’s why I urge people to be peaceful.”
NEWS: DC Police Union Chairman on WMAL discussing riots, injuried officers, and protective gear policies
Listen to Chairman Pemberton discuss injured officers and the delays in authorizing the use of protective gear and helmets on the scene of violent unrest.