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May 3, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The District’s new police chief has been confirmed

PUBLIC SAFETY | Yesterday, the DC Council voted to confirm Mayor Muriel Bowser’s pick to lead the city’s police department. Peter Newsham, the new police chief, joined the force in 1989 and has been acting chief since Cathy L. Lanier, the former chief of police, left. (WaPo, 5/2)

As he takes over as permanent chief, Newsham said one of his biggest challenges will be retaining and hiring officers, and he noted bills proposed by Bowser that offer incentives to his workforce.

In a statement, Bowser said that “Peter understands the value of working with the community, he is constantly looking for new ways to increase accountability, and his empathy for those affected by crime drives a sense of urgency around making MPD work better for residents in every ward.”

RACIAL EQUITY | A Black boy was murdered by the police over the weekend in Dallas. Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, reflects on the death of Jordan Edwards and encourages us to examine the role of implicit bias in police shootings. (Daily, 5/3)

HOUSING
– Longtime residents and public housing advocates worry over planned construction at Buzzard Point, which includes the DC United stadium and mixed-use housing. (WAMU, 5/3)

– The Montgomery County Council has passed a bill to fine owners of vacant, dilapidated homes. (WaPo, 5/2)

BUDGET | The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the county’s budget yesterday. It did not allocate the amount of funding the county school system said it needed. (InsideNOVA, 5/2)

HOMELESSNESSAdvocacy Group Details Shortfalls of Program for D.C.’s Homeless (WCP, 5/2)

EDUCATION | Resident advisors at George Washington University are voting to unionize today. (DCist, 5/2)


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening a new photography exhibit.

– Kendra

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