Washington Panel Rejects Mayor’s Police Plan

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The Judiciary Committee of the Washington, D.C. City Council turned down Mayor Anthony A. Williams’s proposal to hire 175 police officers, a vote the mayor called “really outrageous.”

The panel voted 3 to 2 to increase the force by 75 officers instead. The Washingon Post described the debate as “a battle of insults,” with opposing sides accusing each other of making “idiotic” comments. Committee chair Kathy Patterson favors spending more money on raises for officers rather than the full hiring request from the mayor. The capital’s homicide numbers are up this year 25 percent; critics are complaining about inadequate police patrols. The Williams administration has called the situation a “citywide emergency.”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48022-2003Apr17.html

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