WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A DC Police officer is under investigation after he was seen on video handcuffing a 9-year-old boy just two days ago. Now, the District's attorney general is weighing in.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine will soon propose recommendations about how the Metropolitan Police Department should interact with children. Sources tell FOX 5 Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham are in agreement with the proposal.
The office of the attorney general will survey the practices of police and relevant law enforcement authorities across the country in order to highlight what the best practices are regarding police interactions with children.
Then, the attorney general will review the best practices against the current MPD orders and policies and provide recommendations for improvement.
Finally, the attorney general will recommend what changes, if any, should be made about training police officers regarding the proper way to interact with children.
The incident involving the young boy has shaken the community, not just in the northwest neighborhood where it happened, but all over the District.
FOX 5 asked community members how they felt about it and they say they want to see change.
“We don’t want excessive force in our community, I mean, we want law enforcement, you know, who wouldn’t? But we don’t want it where the children and the residents cannot walk to our community not feeling safe,” said Michael Johnson.
“Bowser says she’s going to do something but I don’t know what’s going on. We put her back in that seat for the second time and things need to change,” said William Rawls.
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen is promising to work with Racine in reviewing police detention protocols. He says he will introduce legislation if necessary.
Last night, an MPD officer corralled, detained, & handcuffed a young child. It's unacceptable based on what's been reported - it creates trauma & distrust. I'll partner in AG Racine's review of MPD's detention & protocols, & will intro legislation if necessary. Here's my letter: pic.twitter.com/QPxrI3iqwq— Charles Allen (@charlesallen) April 24, 2019
FOX 5’s Ike Ejiochi spoke with Mayor Bowser Wednesday about the upcoming recommendation. She claims the department is already making changes that will improve relations.
"I let the Attorney General know that MPD is already looking at how to handle very young people who may be involved with the police. I think every day we're focused on having community relationships because we can only assure Public Safety when the community trust the officers," said Bowser.