DCHA Internal Auditor Resigned After Reporting Intimidation and Retaliation

"At this point, I don’t have confidence that the Board of Commissioners or other senior executives will exercise integrity in the performance of their public duties."

The D.C. Housing Authority’s former internal auditor resigned after she says she faced retaliation and intimidation from agency heads over an audit that found $1.3 million in wasted funds. In deposition testimony, the former director of DCHA’s internal audit office, Joanne Wallington, says DCHA Director Tyrone Garrett, chief operating officer and head of human resources […]

DC Court of Appeals Vacates Gun Conviction, Ruling MPD Conducted Illegal Stop and Search

"This opinion signals times are changing. It signals no more. It signals that these tactics are constitutionally significant, and it empowers the courts to take action.”

D.C. expands in-person learning mostly in wealthier neighborhoods. [Post] Howard University hosts listening sessions with the police, students, and the community. [WJLA] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Three Ways to Enjoy a Picnic on the Water in D.C. The pandemic has given you plenty of picnicking practice. Now that you’ve mastered how to […] DC […]

Mendelson Will Schedule Weekly Hearings After Bowser Cancels Conference Calls

The chairman is going to do this the hard way.

LL bets Mayor Muriel Bowser might be rethinking her administration’s decision to cancel the weekly conference calls with the D.C. Council right about now. About a week after Herronor’s abrupt about face, Chairman Phil Mendelson announced today that he’s going to start hauling agency officials in for weekly, 90-minute hearings to answer questions and provide […]

Bowser Cancels Weekly Conference Call with D.C. Council

“So much for collaboration.”

Advocates favor At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson’s record-sealing bill to Bowser’s. [DCist] Will she, won’t she run for re-election? [DC Line] D.C. Council’s racial equity office produces its first report of a proposed bill. [Twitter] By Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com) Chef Kat Petonito to Lead Eastern Market’s Two New Restaurants and Gin Bar What if you […]

A To-Do List for Robert Contee as He Prepares to Take the Helm of MPD

From releasing internal investigations into uses of force to suspending the gun recovery unit.

Why the hell anyone would want to lead the Metropolitan Police Department, LL does not know. On any given day, D.C.’s police chief must juggle demands from the mayor, the D.C. Council, the department brass, rank-and-file officers, advocates, lawyers, judges, neighboring police agencies, reporters, and, most importantly, residents. Each of them have their own agenda […]

Don’t Call Vince Gray a NIMBY

It's inaccurate, it's unfair, and it's uncalled for, Gray says as he defends his latest move against a planned halfway house in Ward 7.

Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray pitched his latest effort to keep a halfway house out of his ward to the D.C. Council this morning. He needs nine votes to pass emergency legislation that would allow Mayor Muriel Bowser to use eminent domain to seize privately owned land where the re-entry facility will be built at […]

Vince Gray vs. the Halfway House, Round 2

Gray wants to use eminent domain to take the land out from under the Bureau of Prisons and its operator, CORE DC

Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray is taking his battle against a 300-bed re-entry facility to the hilt. He circulated emergency and temporary legislation Thursday that would give Mayor Muriel Bowser the authority to use eminent domain to take the land where the Federal Bureau of Prisons is planning to build a much needed halfway house. […]

D.C. Housing Authority VP Pleads the Fifth In Deposition ‘As A Precaution’

What exactly Larry Williams' role in a federal investigation related to his previous job leading a housing authority in Illinois remains unclear.

Near the end of his deposition in a whistleblower lawsuit, D.C. Housing Authority Senior Vice President Larry Williams apologizes. “I’m sorry,” he says. “I didn’t hear the question.” Carla Brown, the attorney for former DCHA general counsel Chelsea Andrews, who is suing the agency after she was fired last year, repeats herself. Williams answers in […]

Bowser Posts, Then Deletes Tone Deaf Auto Thefts Tweet

"Five tips on preventing auto thefts" didn't go over well in the wake of an alleged carjacking that resulted in an Uber driver's death.

Mayor Muriel Bowser deleted a tweet with tips to prevent auto thefts Sunday evening after receiving significant backlash and accusations of victim blaming. The now-erased tweet, sent from Herronor’s official account, came less than a week after Uber driver Mohammad Anwar was killed in an attempted carjacking near Nationals Park. Anwar died at a hospital […]

Auditor’s Report Frustrates and Confuses Families of Men Killed by D.C. Police

Acting Chief Robert Contee hedges on his previous pledge of transparency in use of force investigations.

Jay Brown is burning up inside. A report from the D.C. Auditor, released this week, concluded the Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation into his nephew’s death at the hands of its officers was so poor that reviewers could not conclude whether the officers’ actions were justified. The report itself brought back painful memories for Brown, who […]

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