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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 08/11/2010

Report: D.C. police missing evidence

By Washington Post editors

A federal report says D.C. police are missing evidence in hundreds of cases.

The Justice Department's inspector general said Monday that as of March, more than 2,700 cases were backlogged at the FBI lab's Nuclear DNA Unit, which examines biological fluid. That includes requests from D.C. police for testing.

The report says according to FBI lab personnel, police cannot locate evidence for more than 200 cases. That comprises almost half of the backlogged D.C. police cases.

The inspector general recommended the lab coordinate with police to resolve the issue. The Nuclear DNA Unit says it has instructed police to ensure that future evidence is located and prepared before submitting an exam request.

The FBI lab outsources D.C. police cases to a private lab for testing.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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DC police are WORTHLESS!!! Cousins and siblings to the same gangs and degenerates they purport to track down!

Posted by: BurtReynolds1 | August 11, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This cannot surprise anyone. DC cops are morons. Years ago, a woman rear ended me and drove away. Conveniently, she left her license plate behind. Now, for any jurisdiction that didn't hire the dumbest people that it can find, that would have been a slam dunk. However, it eluded the DC cops, who apparently can only run license plates for parking tickets.

DC is where you go to be a cop when no reputable jurisdiction or rent-a-cop shop will have you.

Posted by: VAtrailerTrash | August 11, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the DC Cop haters. Always have such nice things to say. First off, regular DC beat cops don't handle DNA evidence. Second off, this is an allegation that's still under investigation, not fact. And lastly, you two goons can go to #$%@&*^^%$ hell!!! Stop bashing all DC cops for the mistakes and dumb decisions a chosen few make. I hate Cop haters!!!

Posted by: Chazo | August 12, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

VATrailerTrash: simply untrue. DC cops can and do run license plates for more than just parking tickets.

And as for the missing evidence allegation, it has not been cleared up yet, so we don't know one way or the other. But bashing your city cops, instead of supporting them, isn't the way to a better city and lower crime. A few bad apples hasn't ruined the bunch-- you just all choose to see it that way.

Posted by: fiveoh | August 12, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

What people like Chazo fail to understand is that being critical of the quality of policing is not equal to being a "police hater." It is hardly surprising that someone who makes excuses for a department that has a long, long history of what can only be described as questionable quality would resort to profanity, outright or not, to make his point.

As to the other comment, my direct, personal experience trumps your blather.

Posted by: VAtrailerTrash | August 12, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

What else is new?

Posted by: lulu202 | August 12, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Incompetent cops is an inevitable result of everyone demanding a protective police state. If their only job was to go after truly bad guys, they'd probably be better at it. Instead, police departments become bloated government bureaucracies focused on chasing traffic violators and minor drug offenders.

Posted by: wappledoo | August 12, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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