Washington D.C. Metropolitan  Police
BlackSheep Productions 2009
Introduction
MPD 1800-1860
MPD 1861 - 1865
MPD 1866 - 1899
MPD 1900 - 1909
MPD 1910 - 1919
MPD 1920 - 1929
MPD 1930 - 1939
MPD 1940 - 1949
MPD 1950 - 1959
MPD 1960 - 1969
MPD 1970 - 1979
MPD 1980 - 1989
MPD 1990 - 1999
MPD 2000 - 2009
MPD 2010 -2014
MPD 2015 to Current
MPD's  Afr. Amer
MPD Air Support
DC-Assassinations
MPD's Bicycle Unit
MPD's Bomb Squad
MPD Call Box's
MPD's  Chief's
MPD's C.D.U.
MPD Class Photos
MPD Communications
MPD's Current Fleet
MPD Current Patches
MPD's   Detectives
MPD's Facilities
MPD's Fallen Heroes
MPD Families
MPD Females
MPD Fraternal Org's
MPD  2017 Inauguration
MPD Genealogy
MPD's  Group Photos
MPD Harbor Unit
MPD Hat Badges
MPD Homicide Units
MPD Inaugural Badge
MPD's Irish History
MPD K-9 Units
MPD Memorial 
MPD's Motorcycle Unit
MPD Mounted Unit
Who is Chuck Gallagher
MPD Novelty Patches
MPD Obsolete Badges 
MPD  Obsolete Patches
MPD's Past Fleet
MPD  Patrol Badges
MPD Police Academy
MPD Police Week
MPD Property Div...
MPD Rank Badges
MPD's Reserve Force
MPD Spec. Evt Badge
MPD's  S.O.D.
D.C. "The City"
MPD & The President
MPD Trad. Badge
Site Acknowledgments
MPD District 1
MPD District 2
MPD District 3
MPD District 4
MPD District 5
MPD District 6
MPD District 7
Officer Sprinkle
John F. Parker
Strange Stories

I adopted this logo after coming across it at the end of a long - long day working on the site. I actually thought I was looking in a mirror. The only difference were the empty beer bottles I had next to me - lol. That's when I realized I wasn't looking at myself.  In May of the year 2009  I published the first edition of this site. The second being June of 2011, I hope you enjoy it as I have put thousands of hours into it.
11 YEARS LATER AND THIS SITE IS STILL GOING STRONG.  NOW I COLLECT MPDC PATCHES, PLEASE HELP ME OUT OF YOU HAVE ANY YOU WANT TO MOVE ! CpG 4.6.2020
This web site is in no way connected to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. I am a 30+ year veteran police officer in Mass. who is a  novice historian of the M.P.D.C. history & collect their memorabilia. The opinions on here ore my own and of no one else. This site is my attempt at showing my respect for the department and it's rich history of the men and women who have protected our nations capitol city.
MEDALS and AWARDS of the D.C. Metropolitan Police
Every year the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police hold an event recognizing their members of the M.P.D. who have gone above and beyond. Below are photographs and or information I have either found on line or been sent by members of the M.P.D. 

If anyone has a nice clean photo of each medal I would like to place them on this section.
And the award goes to....
Officer Matthew Morris and his wife Debbie attending an MPD  Awards Ceremony 
Members of the M.P.D. who attended the 2009 C.B.A. awards. This ceremony involved citizens who had chased down a suspect that had broken into a Church. They held the man until police could take custody of him.
MPO Kenneth Stewart receives an award for his part in the capture of the shotgun stalker
M.P.D. medal of Valor winners Officers Jesse Johnson and John Kline 
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I have made this space for members of the M.P.D.C. and or their supporters to place ad's for novelty related items that are for sale. Please drop me a line to set it up for your item to... mpdchistory1861@yahoo.com 
 So if your district or organization or business  has something, (patch, pin, t-shirts,  coffee mugs anything like that) for sale send me an e-mail and I will post it on here for you. I will place a photo here as well as a forwarding address for them to get in touch with you or to your web site.
Finally, A true insider’s view of Police Work.
“The Erosion of the Thin Blue Line”. “Memoirs of My life as
a Washington DC Police Officer”

This autobiography is a first-hand account of over 30 years in Law Enforcement and Joe Massey’s career on the streets of Washington DC as a police officer. Stories of the day to day life as a police officer, the split seconds you have to make a decision that could change forever someone life, his first day on the street, to his last tour of duty.

This book has spared the political correctness to present a real view of what police work in a major metropolitan area was once like. Today an officer may end up in jail for using these methods of law enforcement. These stories cover all aspects of Joe’s life which he had experienced over his career as well as his personal struggles, trying to balance a family life, his coming of age, and the evolution of Police Work.

Joe shares with you the good, the bad, and the ugly of police work to include stories that the public will not believe.

The Thin Blue Line which separates the public from anarchy is eroding as a result of the second guessing of law enforcement along with the anti-police movement now sweeping across the country and causing “The Erosion of the Thin Blue Line”. Now you can peek behind the curtain of law enforcement practices of years gone by as Joe tells you the stories of his “Memoirs of My life as a Washington DC Police Officer”

My humble display of honor and dedication
Also available is Debra Wolfe's book titled, "Center of Mass". Debra has written about her days as the first female K-9 Officer for the MPDC as well as the first female assigned to a Scout car. Personally I enjoyed reading it  and I think you will to.
(Article from WJLA, Washington D.C.) - 
We found pictures of MPD Officer Jerome Lucas from 25 years ago on a shooting scene. He had a black beard then, but it’s mostly white now as he continues to patrol D.C.’s Sixth District like he has for the past 45 years.

Lucas still qualifies physically and on the shooting range, but he is 66 years old – and for that reason, the Department decided three months ago to start enforcing a decades-old policy that you must retire at the age of 64. Now, Officer Lucas and 16 others must go.

"Everything that's required I still do -- as far as handling assignments on the streets, I still do," says Lucas, who tells us he loves being a police officer.{ }

Now, the FOP Police Union is backing him and planning a lawsuit on behalf of those with decades of experience who are being forced off the department:
On Thursday, Mayor Gray deferred to his managers and was reluctant to say much:

"Age requirements are becoming much more flexible, but obviously when you talk about law enforcement, you're talking about a more stringent set of requirements."
Lucas is a Vietnam veteran and displays his Marine Corps banner in his cruiser as he patrols. He also became a certified EMT due to all of the violence in his district.

And after 45 years in one police district, people now know him well. He's an excellent police officer," says on District resident.  He kept my son in check," adds another.  "Lucas knew me since I was a little kid, used to get on me...all the thugs know him, everybody in the neighborhood, all the kids in school..." says Calvin Jones.  Lucas is also a member of the MPD’s Honor Guard, and said he wanted to put in five more years to make it 50 years.
Officer Jerome Lucas, a D.C. Metropolitan Police Icon
Something a man can be proud of............
Community     Engagement     Academy     2018
Chief of Police - Peter Newsham
Please feel free  to e-mail me any new information about the MPDC in action protecting their citizens..
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Please go to the "M.P.D. Memorial" page on this site to find out the latest information on the progress of this well overdue project. Breaking Ground is right around the corner !
On behalf of the Washington D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Memorial and Museum Project, Inc., we are pleased to announce that the D.C. Government has authorized the renovation of the neglected Police Memorial Fountain, as well as the building of a new police memorial wall that will appropriately honor our 121 officers who died in the line of duty.

READ MORE ON THE M.P.D. MEMORIAL PAGE !
ROLL CALLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CHANGING, AS YOU SEE CHIEF PETER NEWSHAM in the photo below left having outside roll call while demonstrating social distancing. This is the common method of police roll calls  around the country are taking place. Here the Metropolitan Police are setting the example for the rest of us while we battle this Coronavirus. Police are also being stricken with this horrible virus as they maintain the front lines for our fellow citizens. Click the above link in RED to see how the M.P.D. is dealing with this international crisis.
​April 2020
This isn't the first time the Police in Washington have been forced to deal with a pandemic. In 1918 they challenge was presented to them under much harsher times....
PRESS   EITHER   BUTTON   AND   LEARN  !
Roll call isn't the only thing that's changed !
A socially distant goodbye to a D.C. police sergeant who died on duty, WJLA Courtney Pomeroy
Earlier this month, two Metropolitan Police Department sergeants died after suffering medical emergencies. Their deaths are not believed to be related to COVID-19, but the virus has affected their funeral services.

Normally, a church would be packed for a fallen officer's funeral. However, due to bans on large gatherings, funeral homes across the country are currently limiting services to 10 people or less.

Still, members of the department took efforts to say goodbye to Sergeant Mark Eckenrode last week, and Sergeant Donna Allen on Wednesday.

"It's been an unimaginably tough week for the MPD family," Police Chief Peter Newsham wrote on Twitter as he shared the news about Sergeant Allen's death on April 8. " Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sergeant Allen's family and friends. Donna's over three decades of service to MPD and this city will never be forgotten."

The hope is that the officers' decades of service to the department can be honored at a large memorial service once the coronavirus pandemic is behind us.
2nd Molotov cocktail launched at DC police parking lot; 1 suspect arrested
Megan Cloherty | @ClohertyWTOP

April 23, 2020, 11:27 PM

Police are investigating whether the same suspect is responsible for two Molotov cocktails launched into D.C.’s Sixth District station grounds this month.  At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Robert Watlington called in that someone had just thrown a Molotov cocktail at him as he was getting into his unmarked cruiser in the parking lot on Hayes Street NE.
The Molotov cocktail hit the cruiser, and Watlington was not hurt.  Watching a suspect attempt to flee, Watlington chased the man down 49th Street NE and arrested him.
Ashton Nesmith, 26, of Northeast, faces several charges, including assault with intent to kill and assault on a police officer.  It’s the second similar incident in a month. D.C. police records show that on April 12 around noon, police called D.C. Fire and EMS to respond to what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail discovered burning in the parking lot.  The fire damaged two police cars, according to the report. There weren’t any reported injuries.


Police: Man threw lit Molotov cocktail at DC Officer
The suspect approached an officer sitting in an unmarked vehicle, threw the explosive and fled.
Michael Balsamo
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors announced charges Friday against a man they say threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a police officer sitting in an unmarked car in the nation’s capital.

Ashton Nesmith, 23, is accused of walking up to a police officer who had just entered the vehicle outside a police station in northeast Washington around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, lighting the flammable liquid in the bottle and throwing it at the officer, according to federal prosecutors. The Molotov cocktail hit the police car, bounced off and then exploded, officials said. No one was injured.  Neshmith fled from the scene, but officers chased him on foot and took him into custody, police said.

He was charged with arson, using and discharging a destructive device during a crime of violence and possessing a destructive device. Nesmith appeared in federal court in Washington on Thursday and was ordered held without bail. "The conduct alleged in the criminal complaint posed grave danger to DC Metropolitan Police Department officers, at a time when officers continue to risk their lives to serve and protect the public during this time of crisis,” said U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea.
Carjacking Suspect Caught After Shooting at Officers, Barricading in Strangers’ DC Home
The suspect barricaded himself in an occupied home, which had children inside
By NBC Washington Staff • Published May 18, 2020 • Updated on May 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

​D.C. police have captured a suspect in multiple carjackings who allegedly shot at police officers in Southeast D.C. and barricaded himself inside a stranger's home, forcing the residents, including children, to flee, police say.

Tywan Cummings, 40, of Southeast D.C., was shot and has been taken to a hospital for treatment, D.C. police said Tuesday. He was then arrested on numerous charges, including assault, carjacking, burglary, kidnapping and cruelty to children.

Information was not immediately released on whether any officers or bystanders were injured.

Cummings was believed to be involved in multiple armed carjackings in Maryland counties Sunday and early Monday, police said.
 Police were chasing Cummings about 2 a.m. when he crashed into a car and an MPD vehicle near Pennsylvania and Alabama avenues SE. The suspect got out of a car and exchanged gunfire with police, Jeffery Carroll, Metropolitan Police Department assistant chief of police. Cummings was struck by officers' returning fire, police said Tuesday.

Cummings then ran to a home in the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, which was occupied. Police believe there were children inside. The residents were able to escape safely, and Cummings barricaded himself in the home, according to police.

"He was just trying to get away from police," Carroll said.

SWAT officers eventually entered the home and brought Cummings out without gunfire, Carroll said. One gun was recovered in the home and another was found in the car the suspect had been driving, police say. Cummings was expected to be charged in multiple districts, Carroll said. In D.C., he was charged with assault on a police officer, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, burglary, kidnapping, armed carjacking, first-degree cruelty to children and other crimes.

Pennsylvania Avenue SE was closed between Alabama and Southern avenues SE as multiple agencies coordinated, police say. Police later said the closure extends only from Fort Davis Place to Southern Avenue. Police cars from D.C., Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Bowie were spotted at the scene by News4 crews.

Several officers were placed on administrative leave, per policy as police-involved shootings are reviewed. That includes D.C. and officers from each Maryland jurisdiction, according to D.C. police. A group of investigators was clustered around a sedan, News4 video from the scene shows. Overnight, D.C. police alone warned the public of five robberies or attempted robberies in all four quadrants of the city. It's unclear if the suspect in the barricade situation is connected to any of those crimes.

Police didn't provide details on the investigation until after the suspect was captured, saying it's an "active investigation." The investigation is taking place less than a mile from the D.C.-Maryland line. Drivers can take Massachusetts Avenue and Naylor Road as alternates.

'There's fire coming out of the car!' Off-duty D.C. cop rescues man from burning pickup
by Kevin Lewis and Lesly Salazar/ABC7Thursday, May 28th 2020

BETHESDA, Md. (ABC7) — An off-duty officer with the Metropolitan Police Department rescued a man from a burning pickup truck Wednesday night on the Interstate 270 Spur.

Around 11:15 p.m., the officer spotted the vehicle, a gray-colored 2019 Dodge RAM, in a wooded ditch off northbound I-270, right before the exit for Democracy Boulevard and the Westfield Montgomery Mall.

"I got a vehicle in the ditch. It's completely disabled. Actually, it has severe damage. I'm actually about to check if there's anyone inside the car," the off-duty D.C. cop radioed Montgomery County's 911 Center. "Actually, call the fire department! There's fire coming out of the car! I don't know if there is anyone inside the car! There has to be someone in there!"

While Montgomery County scrambled to route firefighters, paramedics, plus state and local police to the scene, the off-duty D.C. officer managed to pull a man in his mid-20s from the fiery vehicle.

"I've got one male severely injured. He's out of the car," the D.C. officer radioed a few minutes later, notably out of breath. "Also be advised, I'm providing first aid. He's conscious and breathing. He's got a broken leg, possible wrist. Difficulties of breathing."

Paramedics transported the man to a local trauma center with what fire-rescue officials described to be "life-threatening injuries." His current medical condition is unknown. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. However, due to the severity of the fire and large emergency response, authorities closed northbound I-270 for some time.

Montgomery County Police later determined the driver of the pickup was suicidal. In fact, the driver's parents had called 911 minutes after the crash to report their son was missing and at risk of harming himself. By 11:50 p.m. — around 35 minutes after the off-duty D.C. cop first spotted the wrecked pickup — authorities put two and two together.

"Yeah, let Delta-22 know that their suicidal subject from Suburban [Hospital] is the subject involved in the [personal injury collision] out here on the Beltway," an officer at the scene of the crash radioed to units who were with the driver's frantic parents.

According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesman Pete Piringer, the off-duty D.C. officer has assisted motorists on I-270 before. The officer has not yet been identified.

"Apparently it’s not the first he’s stopped to help somebody on I-270 - thanks!" Piringer wrote on Twitter.
MAY 30, 4:20 PM
Demonstrators, Police Clash For Second Night In D.C. Amid Protests Over George Floyd’s Death
dcist: This story was last updated on May 31 at 2:53 a.m.

Large-scale protests over the death of George Floyd erupted for a second day on Saturday in D.C., with clashes between law enforcement and protesters escalating dramatically as the sweltering night went on. Lafayette Park and other areas around the White House were the main flashpoint as the day’s peaceful protests turned chaotic, prompting the Park Police to mobilize the D.C. National Guard Saturday evening.

At least one car was set on fire. Some demonstrators smashed windows on the facade of the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute. Fireworks went off on multiple occasions. Police and Secret Service pushed protesters back as the crowd moved again and again toward Lafayette Park, repeatedly using chemical sprays. As the night turned into the early morning, stores in several neighborhoods were looted.

D.C. Fire and EMS said they transported seven people to the hospital, though a spokesperson could not immediately say how many were protesters or law enforcement. The D.C. Police Union said that at least one of its members was hospitalized after getting hit by a rock. Volunteers wearing red or white crosses on their clothes offered medical help, checking for concussions and washing people’s eyes after they were pepper sprayed.

The widespread protests came as the Washington region slowly emerged from stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Saturday marked the second night of dramatic confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement officials outside the White House. Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump falsely accused Mayor Muriel Bowser of refusing to allow D.C. police to help manage the previous night’s protests, and warned protesters of “ominous weapons” and “vicious dogs” on the other side of the White House fence.

The demonstrations began peacefully with a car caravan that traveled from 16th Street Heights to downtown in the early afternoon. Separately, hundreds of protesters marched from the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza to the Capitol Building. “This is not violence, this is disruption of a prejudiced system,” a speaker shouted to the crowd gathered in front of the Capitol. Even after the official rally ended, hundreds of people continued marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, chanting “Say his name, George Floyd.”  Another caravan organized by Black Lives Matter set out from Northeast later in the afternoon, with what appeared to be hundreds of cars. As the multi-generational caravan drove down Benning Road through the H Street corridor, Capitol Hill, and Southwest D.C., people on the streets raised their fists, clapped their hands and waved in support.

Meanwhile, clashes began near the White House, where law enforcement barricaded the entirety of Lafayette Square with black fences and yellow caution tape. As the demonstration intensified, Secret Service officers announced a final warning for protesters to disperse around 5:30 p.m. before releasing pepper spray.  The demonstration continued to the corner in front of the Renwick Gallery, as protesters shouted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and began climbing on police cars.

Confrontations continued later in the evening between police and protesters at 16th and H streets NW, where police pushed demonstrators back from behind barricades. The D.C. National Guard were deployed to the area as the sun began to set, joining Secret Service, D.C. police and U.S. Park Police in the area surrounding the White House.

Early in the day, many protesters said they wanted the demonstrations to stay peaceful, but some also acknowledged the situation could get violent.
Nicole, a resident of Northwest D.C. who declined to provide a last name, said that “If [riot police] get violent with us, it’s okay for us to get violent with them. They already act like they’re a gang, banging on their shields like they’re getting ready to attack.” District resident Rudi Easler participated in the protest from the fringes.

“I’m afraid for these people, but at the same time, I’m more afraid of the level of power police have in order to hurt and to silence all these people out here who are just trying to protect themselves and protect their community,” she said. Getting close to the action is “not her personality,” but Easler said she fully supported those who chose to engage more directly at the front of the barricades.

One protester named Alexis said, “We’ve tried to make our point peacefully with sit-ins. We’ve been home quarantined for months as other people put their lives on the line. It’s our turn to get out.”

Her father, Joe, added, “I don’t support the violence. I think we have a few bad apples in the group trying to incite violence to make their point.”

Attorney General William Barr on Saturday blamed the sometimes-violent protests across the country on “anarchic and far-left extremist groups” who travel at some distance “to promote the violence.” But there was no evidence that the crowds in D.C. appeared to be from outside the region. Virtually all of the protesters who spoke with DCist and WAMU reporters identified themselves as locals. And while demonstrators had gathered as part of a national wave of protests over the police-involved deaths of black people around the country— George Floyd, in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Tony McDade in Florida and others — D.C. protesters also shared concerns about their region.

Please thank your Metropolitan Police Officers during these trying times...
Man arrested after possible incendiary device ignited at DC police station

WASHINGTON - FOX 5's Paul Wagner says a man is under arrest after a possible incendiary device was ignited at the D.C. Police Department's Fourth District station. Wagner says no damage was reported and no injuries were reported. New-one man under arrest after possible incendiary device ignited at the DC Police Department’s Fourth District station. No reported damage. No one hurt. DC Fire spokesman says Arson investigator on the scene. @fox5dc


Rioters and Looters doing more harm then good for their cause !
VIOLENCE  WILL  NOT  SOLVE  THIS  PROBLEM
After this MPDC officer was hit in his knee with a brick and a missile to his helmet he was struck in the chest with an M80 that exploded when it struck him. An M80 is a small quarter stick of dynamite, his vest kept him from injury.  Where has Martin Luther Kings message gone to? Violence is not a permanent solution, we need a real solution to today's problems and it will not come through violence. We are better then this !
As protesters tear apart their own city MPDC Police Officers attempt to calm the storm. 
MPDC On the ready !
VIOLENCE 
IS NOT 
THE 
ANSWER
There appears to be two very different elements involved in the protesting of Mr. Floyd's murder. There are the good peaceful people trying to make the world a better place. Then there are the violent pretend protesters who have so much hate in their souls that they don't care who gets hurt or killed. I have been a policeman for over 30 years, I have not talked to a single police officer that said anything other then they were disgusted with what happened to Mr Floyd. 
There is a silent entity that is motivating our politicians and they are using this situation to move on their hidden agenda. Act with caution and think about what will truly help this country and our future. 
These words are from the creator of this web site and not the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police.
DC Police Chief warns officers, the city council has “completely abandoned” them
By Staff Writer - June 14, 2020 
Washington D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham sent out a chilling notice to his officers via a private YouTube link this week, telling Metro Police officers that more reform is coming and will likely put them in harm’s way. 

According to Fox 5 DC, Chief Newsham lambasted the city council saying they, “forgot about our 20 years of reform…. and insinuated that somehow the Metropolitan Police force would be involved in an act of murder like we saw in Minneapolis.  

DC just passed a sweeping emergency police reform legislation just days after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The bill throws out the previous body-worn camera policy. It requires the department to publish all body-cam video and the corresponding officer’s name within 72 hours of a use of force incident.

The previous regulation left it to the Mayor’s discretion on whether or not a video should be released. It also had to meet certain criteria like public interest.

The bill also undercuts the union’ss ability to negotiate discipline and other collective bargaining measures.

Mendelson continued in his statement saying, “Washington D.C. is not Minneapolis, but the events that started in Minneapolis have affected police departments across the nation. There’s never anything wrong with the examining our practices, and I would not label that as abandoning our police.”

“Rather, we want to invigorate community trust in our police,” Mendelson said. “That’s beneficial to all.”

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DC Police Union survey says 71 percent polled considering leaving MPD over police reform legislation
By Bob BarnardPublished 13 hours agoNewsFOX 5 DC

WASHINGTON - A survey by the D.C. Police Union shows 71 percent of its polled members are considering leaving the Metropolitan Police Department over police reform legislation. The Union released the survey on Thursday saying that the D.C. Council's reforms have presented "negative impacts to the working conditions of police officers." The Union says 600 of its members responded to the poll.

"Many of our members have voiced that that Bill eliminates collective bargaining rights for employees, it makes it exceedingly more difficult to charge a suspect with assaulting a police officer, it changes body worn camera policy in such a way that is can no longer be used as an evidence collection tool, and it changes the language in use of force policy in the most utterly confusing way that even the Councilmembers could not figure out the intent or the impact of the language," the Union's statement read.

In addition to 71 percent of members polled saying they are considering leaving the MPD, the Union broke down other numbers they say show how members believe the bill would impact crime, officer safety, and discipline within the department.

The Union says 96 percent polled believe crime will increase, 88 percent polled believe officer safety will decrease, 93 percent polled believe discipline will increase and 98.7 percent of members polled agree with Chief Newsham's statement that "The DC Council has abandoned the police."

The Union also says that, of members polled, 25 percent say they may retire earlier than originally planned, 35 percent are seeking jobs at other law enforcement agencies and 39 percent are considering leaving law enforcement altogether.

"The language in the emergency legislation completely degrades the rights and working conditions afforded to police officers in this city," said the Union's statement. "This legislation will cause an exodus of our best police officers and make hiring and retaining qualified employees next to impossible."

Earlier this month the D.C. Council voted unanimously in favor of emergency legislation on police reform. The 13 votes in favor came against a warning from the police union that the council members were making a mistake.

Highlights from the bill include releasing the names of officers and body-worn camera footage within 72 hours, giving the disciplinary process to the mayor, and prohibiting munitions during peaceful demonstrations. The legislation as passed is good for 90 days and makes many changes in the way policing is done in the District.
The good citizens of Washington D.C. should be very very  scared !