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In a reversal of her previous position, Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed allowing footage from D.C. police body cameras to be made public, in order to boost accountability. The District would restrict access to videos recorded in indoor private spaces, except for use in court proceedings. “Nationally, we have all seen too many instances where video footage proved to be invaluable,” Bowser told the Washington Post in a statement. “That’s why we are committed to providing every patrol officer with a camera.” There is still debate about defining “private spaces.”


  • Renita Nettles, whom a D.C. police officer shot Saturday evening, had been held for an emergency mental-health evaluation on July 20. Nettles had received a tentative diagnosis of bipolar disorder. [Post]
  • The Metropolitan Police Department’s current use-of-force policy doesn’t comply with D.C. law regarding neck restraints, according to a D.C. Office of Police Complaints report. [City Desk]
  • A man was fatally shot early Tuesday morning on the 200 block of Elmira Street SW, marking D.C.’s 90th homicide this year. Police have not yet identified any suspect(s). [WUSA9, WJLA, NBC Washington]
  • Also early Tuesday morning in SW: A double stabbing left a man and juvenile injured. [NBC Washington]
  • The District Department of Health has issued emergency regulations concerning synthetic-drug testing, which require local hospitals to collect urine samples from patients suspected of overdosing. [City Desk]


  • Tick-Tock: Goes the Vince Gray Investigation Clock, a Loose Lips feature that will track how long the former D.C. mayor has gone without being charged or cleared. Because you’re wondering: Today is day no. 1,619.
  • What’s Next For the Washington Kastles?: Who? You mean D.C. has a tennis team? And they’re good?
  • Guerrilla Warfare on Guerrilla Yarn: An art installation by artist duo Toki featuring neon yarn has been destroyed before it was scheduled to come down in a vacant building near the Rhode Island Metro station.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Former Vince Gray staffer pleads guilty to unemployment fraud. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser pitches more open body camera footage policy. [WAMUPost]
  • Introducing the Vince Gray Investigation Clock. [LL]
  • Office of Police criticizes chokehold policy. [City DeskPost]
  • Petula Dvorak: police shooting shows why body camera footage is needed. [Post]
  • More stabbings. [Post]
  • LaRuby MayTrayon White court Ward 8 voters with community service. [Post]
  • Dupont Circle will get a marijuana dispensary. [Borderstan]
  • The District lacks data on bike accidents. [WAMU]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Strike two for Melissa Chiu? The Hirshhorn director has hired a curator with a big conflict of interest and will hold the museum’s 40th-anniversary gala in New York City. [Arts Desk]
  • An immersive installation of neon yarn in a vacant building near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station was destroyed without the artists’ notice. [Arts Desk]
  • A team of brothers calling themselves BroCoLoco have come up with three designs for a proposed mural on 15th Street. Which will win? [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to “Living as a Ghost,” a new song from GEMS‘ forthcoming album, Kill the One You Love. [DC Music Download]
  • The oldest known photograph of the Smithsonian Castle is pretty damn old. [DCist]
  • Photos of A Tribe Called Red at the National Museum of the American Indian [BYT]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nine throwback restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Mexican taqueria Three Salsas is now closed. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Astronauts eat greens grown in space. [NPR]
  • Seven can’t-miss brews for DC Beer Week [Washingtonian]
  • ​Sneak peek inside L’Hommage Bistro, coming to Mount Vernon Triangle [WBJ]
  • Stop your “cleanse,” and drink juice because it’s delicious. [Post]