Use of Force by DC Police Report

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The Office of Police Complaints (OPC), has released a report to Mayor Bowser, the Council of the District of Columbia and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Newsham regarding the use of force by MPD officers. OPC reviewed and analyzed data beginning from Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 on all types of force incidents involving MPD officers, divisions and officer ranks. OPC found there were 2,224 total reported uses of force by 1,074 MPD officers in 991 districts.

The number of reported use of force incidents increased by 36 percent over the previous fiscal year and the Fifth and Seventh Districts together (Wards 5, 7 and 8) accounted for 38 percent of all reported use of force incidents. The agency also found that since FY13, Black community members were the subjects of 89 to 93 percent of reported uses of force. Additionally, males were the subjects of 80 to 90 percent reported uses of force, while females made up less than 20 percent of reported cases per year. To view the full report, visit policecomplaints.dc.gov.