Oversight of D.C. Police Eased
A decade of federal oversight of the D.C. police department's use of force is ending, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced this week.
A Post investigation published in 1998, which found that city police officers shot and killed more people per capita than any other large city police force, prompted then-chief Charles H. Ramsey to request a Justice Department probe. That led to an agreement between the city and Justice officials in 2001 that the federal government would monitor the D.C. department's use of force.
A drop in the number of police shootings and the department's compliance with regulations led to an end of the close federal oversight earlier this month. The department will continue reporting until June to an independent monitor on its other efforts to reduce unnecessary use of force.
The Post investigation, Deadly Force, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1999.
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