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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier On Body Cameras

Kojo talks with District Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the initial rollout of new body cameras for metropolitan police, their implications on the ground and their impact.

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Congress To Grill Head Of Secret Service On White House Gate Jumper

Following news that Army veteran Omar Gonzalez penetrated further into the White House than originally reported, Congressional lawmakers will demand answers today from the head of Secret Service.

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Secret Service Bungles

A recent Washington Post article details a 2011 incident in which an attacker fired on--and hit--the President’s private residence. It took four days for the Secret Service to realize what had happened. We explore the implications for a security branch under fire.

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D.C. Police To Test Body Cameras, But Civil Libertarians Raise Privacy Concerns

Starting next week, 160 D.C. police officers will test body-worn cameras as part of a six-month-long pilot program. And while city officials say they will bring additional transparency to the department, civil libertarians say privacy policies will be needed.
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Concealed Carry And Police Body Cameras In D.C.

Washington, D.C., moved forward this week to address two hot button policy issues: concealed carry of handguns and police body cameras.

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Metro Moving Closer To Restoring Smoother, Computer-Operated Service

Metro's top engineer will brief the transit agency's board today on plans to return trains to computer control — something not seen since the fatal Red Line crash in 2009.

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Montgomery County Grounds Drones Before They Take Off

The county government has purchased four drones for use by its fire department and innovation office, but bureaucracy is keeping them grounded for now.

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Secret Service And Security Breaches

Shortly after President Barack Obama and his family left the White House aboard Marine One on Friday evening, a fence jumper armed with a knife made it all the way through the front door of the residence before the Secret Service intercepted him in the North Portico. We consider the state of security at the White House and the balance between security and public access in a city filled with government buildings.

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Lawmakers Demand Answers After Man With Knife Scales White House Fence

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are demanding explanations of Secret Service after a 42-year-old Army veteran scaled a fence and ran across the White House lawn with a knife in his pocket on Friday.

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Criminalization Of Poverty

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, but across the country, counties and cites are increasingly passing costs along to offenders, and people unable to pay are ending up in jail. We explore the issues.

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