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MPD Scraps Unit That Investigated Officer-Involved Shootings

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A specialized D.C. police unit that investigates officer-involved shootings is being split up. Some members of the Force Investigation Team are being trained in new aspects of internal affairs investigations. Others are being assigned new responsibilities altogether.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the shakeup is part of a departmental reorganization, but investigations of police-involved shootings will remain the same. Assistant Chief Michael Anzallo says the number of officer-involved shootings has dropped dramatically in the last decade, so the need for a unit focused exclusively on those investigations isn't as critical as it once was.

The team was created in 1999 under then-Chief Charles Ramsey to deal with an alarming number of officer-involved shootings. The number of shootings also prompted D.C. officials to ask the Justice Department to investigate.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

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