MPD Chief Cathy Lanier: Homicide Prevention Is Every Agency’s Responsibility

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier speaks to Homicide Watch DC on Dec. 9, 2014.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier speaks to Homicide Watch DC on Dec. 9, 2014.

Five children were killed in the District this year. Three were infants. One, Xavier Lyles, was a toddler. Jonathon Adams was 17 when he was stabbed to death. All died inside of a home or apartment building.

That’s a challenge for police, but it speaks volumes for everybody else,” Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said. “The home is where you’re supposed to be safe, especially if you’re a child.”

In an interview with Homicide Watch in her office at MPD headquarters, Lanier said that communication between partnering agencies is an increasingly vital tactic in preventing homicide.

I would like the city to have every single agency in D.C. government have one of their performance measures be homicide prevention,” the police chief said. “Every single one. Everybody can do something.”

Lanier spoke to reporters Imari Williams and Amelia Rufer on December 9. The full interview, with video, is below: Read more

Four Homicides on Christmas Eve

Five people were killed in separate shootings across D.C. on Christmas Eve. Four have been ruled homicides.

The fifth was a police-involved shooting. Officers shot and killed a man who matched the description of a robbery suspect, according to MPD.
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Funeral Director: The Funeral Process is a Waiting Game

Shaun Reid

At the age of 28, funeral home owner and director Shaun Reid has been in the funeral industry for over a decade. He has spent much of his life with the dead.

It’s not something the average person wakes up in the morning saying, ‘Oh, I want to be in the funeral world,’” Reid said. “No, it doesn’t operate like that. You got to have a love for it and have a craft for it.”

The funeral process is a waiting game, Reid said, especially with homicides.
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Man Killed in Tuesday Night NW D.C. Shooting

A shooting in the 900 block of Delafield Place Northwest killed Daniel Joseph Hinton Tuesday night, MPD announced.

Hinton, 21, was found unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds just after 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A press release from MPD is below: Read more

Q&A: USAO’s Chief of Homicide

As part of our 2014 Year in Review, we’re speaking with those who shape the criminal justice system in the District. Jeffrey Ragsdale is the chief of the homicide section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He answered our questions below via email:

What were the most memorable homicide prosecutions of 2014?

All homicides are by definition very tragic and compelling. We do not treat or prosecute cases differently because of who the victim is.

There are some cases that were particularly compelling during 2014: Read more

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