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DC officer charged in attacking wife, Patterson found guilty in Dawkins death

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Samson Lawrence, 45, a Washington, D.C. police officer, is the latest cop accused of multiple felony charges in attacking his wife on Nov. 24. Lawrence was recently indicted on charges of first and second-degree murder.

“They are very serious charges and we take them very seriously, which is why we’ll continue to work with Prince George’s County police to continue to investigate and move forward through the process,” Prince George's County State's Attorney Spokesman John Erzen said.

Lawrence and his wife are residents in Accokeek, MD. He is accused of spraying Lysol in her face, frightening her by holding knives at her throat, and hitting her with a metal object.

Lawrence, a veteran policeman, came on the police force in 1990. He is the latest in a barrage of negative behavior happening in the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). MPD Chief Cathy Lanier has stated that recent actions do not reflect the majority of police officers in the District; despite the few bad apples making local and national headlines.

“It’s horrible to have one of our members involved a domestic violence assault like that whereby they brought charges,” Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said. “It’s a very serious allegation. We take it very seriously.”

The police department's hiring process has changed from when Lawrence joined the department, Newsham said.

More can be read from NBC4 Washington below.

Patterson found guilty in killing of Julian Dawkins

Craig Patterson, a 17-year veteran with the Arlington County Sheriff Department, has been found guilty for killing 22-year-old Julian Dawkins. Patterson claimed he acted in self-defense when an altercation occurred with Dawkins. He was off duty when he shot Dawkins and accused him of being drunk at the time.

Dawkins was a PBS shuttle driver and had aspirations for one day owning his own business. PBS co-anchor of the NewsHour and host of Friday’s Washington Week Gwen Ifill spoke at his funeral.

Patterson has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. His formal sentencing is Feb. 6.

Gwen Pratt Miller, Julian’s mother had this to say about the outcome of the verdict –

“He was my only son,” Pratt Miller said through tears. “He was all I had.” She couldn’t go on. In the end, it was an aunt who told jurors of the loss’s impact. Four hours later, the jury called for a sentence of six years in prison for a crime that carries a maximum of 10.

More on the tragic story can be viewed below from the Washington Post.



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