A law firm that reviewed sexual assault investigations by District police recommended changes Wednesday it said would improve the handling of such cases, including hiring an outside expert to review policies and work with detectives.
Crowell & Moring completed the review at the request of the D.C. Council after a human rights group accused the police of failing to investigate scores of sexual assault cases. While the District-based firm found that a January report by Human Rights Watch was flawed, it said that there are ways to improve the police response.
Crowell & Moring partner Keith Harrison and lawyer Jody Goodman presented their recommendations Thursday morning at a round table held by council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who chairs the public safety committee. Wells said that he will introduce legislation based on the recommendations but did not immediately offer specifics.
Harrison said that police had taken steps to better handle sexual assault cases but that there was more to be done.