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Daily News Clips - December 7, 2017

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Metropolitan Police Department Detective Greggory Pemberton told a jury this week that he spent most of this year focused not only on one case, but primarily on one task: sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage that captured the roughly half-hour period on Jan. 20 when prosecutors say the defendants rioted. The government’s presentation demonstrated how prosecutors and police can pick apart a “black bloc” — a protest strategy particularly associated this year with the antifa movement in which participants dress in dark clothes and otherwise mask their appearance to thwart identifications by law enforcement. • A man died after he was found injured on a sidewalk Wednesday night in Southwest Washington’s Bellevue neighborhood, according to D.C. police. The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. in the first block of Forrester Street SW, near the southern tip of the District close to the Maryland line, in front of a strip of apartment buildings.

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Buzzfeed: Here’s How The Government Is Trying To Break Down A Black Bloc For A Jury “Metropolitan Police Department Detective Greggory Pemberton told a jury this week that he spent most of this year focused not only on one case, but primarily on one task: sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage that captured the roughly half-hour period on Jan. 20 when prosecutors say the defendants rioted. The government’s presentation demonstrated how prosecutors and police can pick apart a “black bloc” — a protest strategy particularly associated this year with the antifa movement in which participants dress in dark clothes and otherwise mask their appearance to thwart identifications by law enforcement.”

Washington Post: Man found injured in Southwest Washington dies at hospital “A man died after he was found injured on a sidewalk Wednesday night in Southwest Washington’s Bellevue neighborhood, according to D.C. police. The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. in the first block of Forrester Street SW, near the southern tip of the District close to the Maryland line, in front of a strip of apartment buildings.”

Washington Post: Robber with assault-style weapon holds up convenience store in NE Washington “A man carrying a long gun resembling an assault-style weapon with a sound suppressor robbed a convenience store in Northeast Washington early Wednesday and ordered two employees to their knees, according to police.”

Fox5DC: Alleged display of excessive force caught on tape in arrest of two teens by Transit police “New video shows chaos that broke out on the Metro during the rush hour commute as Transit police arrest two teens. The scene played out on the platform at the Fort Totten station Wednesday evening. Cell phone video was sent to FOX 5 by a Metro passenger, who says the group of teens were being loud and rowdy, but felt police had used excessive force.”

Fox5DC: Pamela Butler’s ex-boyfriend admits dumping body, sources say search in works “The convicted killer of missing D.C. woman Pamela Butler has now reportedly admitted to dumping her body. Sources say authorities are now in the process of planning a search to find her remains. The 47-year-old computer specialist who worked for the EPA vanished from her Northwest home in February 2009.”

Washington Post: Several arrested on gun, drug charges as part of D.C. area takedown “More than two dozen people across the Washington region were charged with drug or gun offenses, authorities said, as part of a massive effort within a 24-hour window that extended through early Wednesday to disrupt networks of armed drug dealers in the area.”

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NBC Washington: Self-Proclaimed ‘Rat Warrior’ Testifies to DC Council for Tougher Rodent Bill “A Capitol Hill resident who calls herself a “rat warrior” is pushing for stricter legislation in D.C. that would force restaurants and trash companies to clean up the waste rats feed on—and hopefully stop what she and other residents call a growing problem. “Rats are running all over the place,” said Susan Sedgewick.”

NBC Washington: Jews, Muslims in DC Area React to Jerusalem Declaration “Jews and Muslims in the D.C. area reacted Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. “People are concerned, even if they believe in their hearts that Jerusalem should be the capital, that violence could be ignited. And they’re concerned that it could push peace further away,” said Ronald Halber of the Jewish Community Relations Council.”

Fox5DC: Government shutdown on the line in debate on immigration reform “On Capitol Hill, Democrats are threatening to shutdown the federal government over immigration reform. The calls came at a massive rally on Wednesday by pro-immigration demonstrators. On their own, a government shutdown and immigration reform are emotional issues. But on Wednesday, they collided in a way that could derail efforts on keeping the federal government from shutting down.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Bill Would Make Birth Control Available Without Prescription “D.C.‘s local government cast an initial vote Tuesday to make birth control available without a prescription at pharmacies—which would add D.C. to the list of eight states that have similar laws. Local officials introduced the Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2017 in response to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Several D.C. Council members said D.C. needs to make it easier for women to get birth control.”

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Posted December 07 2017 at 9:47 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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