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The World Series begins tonight—GO NATS! But heads up, I’d avoid driving near Nats Park if you can. Traffic is going to be a nightmare thanks to street closures between 2 p.m. and midnight. There will be watch parties all over the District, including a big one at the stadium, and lots of festive food to enjoy before gametime.   

THE NEWS: 

Five years after D.C. launched a program that has police officers wear body cameras, the Council is reviewing whether the program brings more transparency to public work and improves officers’ relationships with the community they serve.      

Critics said the body camera program, which now includes roughly 3,200 cops, hasn’t met expectations during a hearing on Monday, according to WAMU’s Martin Austermuhle, who listened to five hours of testimony. Among the obstacles:

  • There aren’t tough consequences if officers don’t wear the cameras;    

  • The footage isn’t used during police training; 

  • And most of the footage isn’t made available to the public. 

Notably, the families of D’Quan Young, Jeffrey Price,and Marqueese Alstonare still waiting on body camera footage more than 12 months after the men were shot and killed by police. Alston’s mother, Kenithia, testified on Monday, telling the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee that she’s faced plenty of pushback trying to get the footage. That’s why she, along with other advocates like the ACLU, want the Council to create an advisory committee to oversee the program. 

“The cries of grieving black mothers making requests to see footage of the deaths of their sons should sit on all of our consciences. It’s imperative that we listen to our people when they speak their truths,” said 7C04 ANC Commissioner and Ward 7 Council candidate, Anthony Lorenzo Green. He also noted he represents a neighborhood that saw questionable stop-and-frisk practices last summer. 

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Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who chairs the public safety committee, reportedly empathized with residents’ calls for more transparency.Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

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YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

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  • How to make a full meal out of nachos. [Eater]

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ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Meet the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum’s new curator of contemporary art. [WCP]

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SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MAKE PLANS, byEmma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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