DC Police Union Ad Blames Crime Increase on Mendelson and Allen

The DC Police Union has twice tried to stop the D.C. Council’s recent efforts to enact police accountability measures. And twice they’ve failed. 

Last July, the union lost its attempt in D.C. Superior Court to prevent the release of body camera footage of serious and fatal uses of force. And in February, a federal judge rejected the union’s arguments that a bill that prohibits it from negotiating over disciplinary process is unconstitutional. The union appealed both cases and is awaiting decisions.

Since judges haven’t found the police union’s arguments persuasive thus far, the Fraternal Order of Police’s labor committee is testing their complaints in the court of public opinion. Last week, the FOP released a fear mongering attack ad that blame Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen for a rise in crime.

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