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D.C. policemen receive pay raise amidst new cameras and lawsuits

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The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. is in a flurry of recent incidents that affect their job and livelihood. Three of these instances are –

Pay Raises.

Local media has announced after six years D.C. policemen are finally getting a raise, but many are disappointed because they believe it’s not enough. According to what will be given –

Under an arbitrator's ruling made Monday night, police officers would get a 4 percent raise retroactively from April 2013 on, no pay increase in 2014, and then a 3 percent bump each year from 2015 to 2017.

There seemed to be over the years conflict between the Policemen’s Union and contract negotiations coming to an agreement. The Washington City Paper’s City Desk also reported that –

"Vincent Gray has permanently poisoned the District’s relationship with its police officers," says union chairman Kristopher Baumann, who will not run for reelection and is stepping down from his post in April.

More on this story can be read here at: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2014/02/04/d-c-police-...

Police Cameras.

NBC4 Washington reported almost two weeks ago D.C. policemen would start wearing an “on body camera system” by the end of the year. To emphasize –

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday that the department is working to implement an on-body camera system for officers to "establish a record of police conduct.''

Lanier briefly mentioned the technology to the D.C. Council while addressing concerns over police misconduct, a problem that attracted public attention last month with the arrests of three officers accused in unrelated investigations involving child pornography, attempted murder and running a prostitution operation involving teenage girls”.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier is the first woman to hold the post of police chief in Washington, D.C. She remains dedicated to her job in fighting crime and ensuring safety for D.C. residents. More on her career can be seen below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/dc-police-chief-cathy-l-la...

Lawsuits Filed Against Police Department.

The same day that 800 policemen will embody cameras was announced by Chief Lanier, three lawsuits were filed against the MPD for racial profiling

Carolyn Bell is suing the department for the death of her 34-year-old son Cleman Sweptson, Jr. He was shot several times by police last April. The other, a 17-year-old, was targeted by two white officers.

Media sources also claimed –

“Two of the three lawsuits reference officers from the department's 7th District -- two officers who were recently arrested on child porn and child prostitution charges were members of the same district.”

Coverage of the lawsuits can be seen in the video below.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24560842/dc-police-facing-lawsuits-for-offi...

Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, co-founder of Black Lawyers for Justice, located in Washington, D.C., is representing the clients in the lawsuits. He developed a booklet entitled "What Black People Need to Know When Dealing with the Police" which can be downloaded at www.blfjustice.org.

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