Ex-D.C. chief's statement on mass arrest disputed

A D.C. police detective says he overheard then-Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey order a controversial mass arrest during a demonstration in downtown Washington seven years ago, according to attorneys for people taken into custody that day.

D.C. quietly folds up police checkpoint program

Remember all the controversy over military checkpoints in the District neighborhood of Trinidad? D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier set up roadblocks there in the summer of 2008 in an effort to combat crime in the Northeast neighborhood.

D.C. to pay $450,000 to war protesters over 2002 interrogation

The District agreed to pay $450,000 Monday to eight war protesters to settle a civil lawsuit they filed after a 2002 interrogation. The protesters had alleged that FBI agents had detained them in a Washington parking garage and interrogated them on videotape about their beliefs.

Pershing Park Runaround

The August 6 Washington Post Editorial on the mass arrests of peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C. in 2002 echoes Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s “extraordinary rebuke” of D.C. government and police officials.

Federal Judge to D.C.: 'There will be significant prices to pay'

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan called D.C.’s mishandling of a high-profile suit alleging false arrest the “civil counterpart” of the Justice Department’s botched prosecution of Ted Stevens.

U.S. Judge Blasts D.C.'s Handling of Protest Cases

A federal judge chastised D.C. government lawyers Wednesday for how they have defended lawsuits brought by nearly 400 people arrested during a 2002 protest in downtown Washington. U.S. District Judge Emmet G.

Federal judge wants probe of missing police records

A federal judge has called for an investigation into the D.C. police department after officials there destroyed key evidence related to a controversial mass arrest of anti-globalization protesters in 2002.

Appeals court disallows D.C. police checkpoints

A U.S. appeals court has slapped the District of Columbia with a restraining order forbidding Mayor Adrian Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier from erecting any more police barricades to prevent violence.

Court Condemns D.C. Roadblocks

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that checkpoints set up by District police in neighborhoods beset by violence are unconstitutional, effectively ending a crime-fighting tactic that officials say was used in only the most dire circumstances to protect residents.