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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 2:58am

UDATE 1/11/19: ANC commissioner Denise Krepp Tweeted that her requests to MPD have been denied and the offer of costly redacted video is apparently off the table.

She said "Last night, MPD said no fee waiver & no video. Please ask MPD to share redacted video w/ neighbors. TY." She attached an MPD communication to her on Thursday (10) at 5:44 that cited confidentiality of juvenile criminal records as the reason for denying her request for the video of the December 22 incident in which four MPD officers stopped and questioned three youths on Capitol Hill.


A news item with dueling quotes from an elected official and Mayor Muriel Bowser about public access to a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) body-worn camera video raises a broader question about the redaction of the video in dispute. Paul Wagner (an active FOIA user in his own reporting) had the story on WTTG Fox 5, last Thursday (3).

Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 4:42pm

UPDATE 1/10/19: D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo declined Tueday (7) to dismiss the Post's case seeking police video a traffic stop of D.C. Councilmember Trayon White Sr. in 2017.  Attorneys for the District of Columbia asked that the case be tossed out, stressing White's privacy should be protected as the public had no valid interest in the video. (See discussion in original blog posting below.)