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DC police chief meets with residents about police misconduct

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier
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Residents of the Seventh District packed the Faith Tabernacle Church on Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C. to get the latest on misconduct cases against two 7D officers.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the crowd she believes the officers' behavior is not commonplace in her department.

"I don't know right now that there's any cause for alarm, that there's widespread corruption and misconduct in the Seventh District," Lanier says.

Officer Marc Washington drowned in an apparent suicide after his arrest for taking nude photos of a 15-year-old runaway.

Lanier says they have now identified an adult female he may have also victimized.

And in the case of 47-year-old Linwood Barnhill, the officer accused of pimping out a 16-year-old runaway, the chief says two additional victims -- a 17-year-old and another adult -- have been identified.

Lanier says, "We have not come up with any indicators that anybody else was involved, that these two officers were in any way involved with each other, or that that they are connected in any way."

If anyone knows the pain the two victims may be feeling, it's Anthony Green.

"When I was young … a preteen actually, I was sexually assaulted on the way to school. I didn't tell anyone,” says Green.

Green says Lanier has to restore the community's faith in its police force.

"The message has to be sent that this is something that cannot be allowed at all," Green says.

That is a message the chief was happy to deliver.

"We don't have any problem, and we would like the officers to know, if there's somebody in our midst that is committing misconduct and we become aware of it, we will lock you up," Lanier says.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is holding an oversight hearing on police misconduct on January 24.

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