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The director of the D.C. Caribbean Carnival says parade-goers have been complaining about how police interacted with them Saturday.
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The director of the D.C. Caribbean Carnival says parade-goers have been complaining about how police interacted with them Saturday.

Loughton Sargeant, director of D.C. Caribbean Carnival says not only was Saturday's parade route shortened by a mile and a half, but he says police on-the-scene rushed the parade along, forcing organizers to essentially ditch the popular costume judging contest because people weren't allowed to stop.

And he says he continues to hear complaints about how police interacted with parade-goers.

"This is a festival, not a riot, not a war, not a protest. It's a festival," Sargeant says.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she is not aware of any specific complaints against the Police Department regarding the parade.

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