The chairman of the D.C. Council’s public safety committee said Friday the city will enlist a law firm to examine allegations that District police failed to document and investigate at least 170 sexual assaults.
The move is the most significant effort yet to examine a 197-page report and the police department’s strong denials stemming from an investigation by Human Rights Watch, which released its findings Jan. 24.
Both the rights group and D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation. A City Council hearing has been promised.
Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who recently took over the committee overseeing the police department, said a firm with former prosecutors and public defenders will investigate.
“What I want is a fair, independent assessment of the report and then an assessment of MPD’s rebuttal, and I want an independent organization to work with me and figure out what should be done,” he said.