D.C. Police Criticized For First Amendment Investigations | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Police Criticized For First Amendment Investigations

Play associated audio

The office of the D.C. auditor is faulting the police department's methods for investigating groups that exercise free speech rights.

The audit says the department impeded a probe into its investigative tactics by refusing to turn over un-redacted emails from undercover officers and other records. That makes it hard to know how police monitored, investigated and possibly infiltrated organizations planning demonstrations.

The audit goes on to say the department didn't properly authorize 16 of 20 First Amendment investigations, and didn't obtain written approval for the use of undercover officers in 17 investigations.

Mass arrests of protesters in 2000 and 2002 led to multi-million court settlements and prompted a new law that establishes police procedures for First Amendment investigations. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier issued a sharply critical response to the findings.

NPR

Sandwich Monday: We're Full

The Sandwich Monday team says "See you later." Then we say, "Are you gonna eat that?"
NPR

Sandwich Monday: We're Full

The Sandwich Monday team says "See you later." Then we say, "Are you gonna eat that?"
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

NPR

People's Republic Of Uber: Driving For Connections In China

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.