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DeOnte Rawlings. David Kerstetter. Both cases of police-shooting deaths. Both cases where there are outstanding questions left unanswered. The D.C. Police Department, so far, has remained mum on some of those questions which City Desk eloquently wrote up this morning. We also have a detailed account of the Kerstetter shooting.
In the police department’s latest annual report (2007) on use-of-force investigations, its authors champion accountability in the very first graph:
“The Department is responsible and accountable to its members and to the citizens of this community for ensuring that appropriate use of force training is provided and member-applied force is both reasonable and within Department policy.”
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier gives a blurbed quote at the top of the report’s intro. She states: “The success of a police department is measured by the level of trust and confidence that the community has for it.”
The use of force numbers are also pretty interesting.
According to the report, there were 31 intentional firearm discharges in 2007 resulting in 8 fatalities. This is up from 2006. In that year, there were 13 intentional firearm discharges resulting in 2 fatalities. In 2007, two were ruled bad shoots. Four had been ruled bad shoots the previous year.
It also looks like, according to the report, that there were 121 cases of excessive force. I’m trying to get stats for this year.