91 D.C. Cops Arrested in 4 Years; Expert Says Numbers “Unprecedented”


In the past three and a half years, more than 90 Washington, D.C., police officers — from detectives to captains to the rank-and-file cops on the street — have been arrested, a Washington Examiner analysis found. Metropolitan Police Department officers have been nabbed within the District and as far away as Florida. They’ve been arrested on charges ranging from to child pornography to murder. The majority are DUI and domestic violence arrests, though some cases stand out, such as the 2011 arrest of Detective Richmond Phillips for killing his girlfriend and their 1-year-old daughter.

Philadelphia — a city whose police force dwarfs Washington’s, with 6,600 sworn officers to D.C.’s 3,800 — saw just six officers arrested this year as of July. “My impression is that the Washington numbers are just unprecedented,” said Samuel Walker, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an expert on police accountability. “The other occasions when you’ve had large numbers of arrests are a major corruption scandal. Those are sort of clustered when you get a major scandal. Washington appears to be different on that score.” D.C. police officers are required to report themselves to the department if they’ve been arrested off-duty,- when the majority of arrests occur, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said. Kris Baumann, the head of D.C.’s Fraternal Order of Police chapter, says rank-and-file officers are embarrassed by the large numbers of arrests in their department and want the reinstatement of the city’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board, which they allege in a lawsuit, has not operated since 2007.

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