D.C. police officer arrested for stealing from evidence locker room

A D.C. police officer has been charged with stealing from the evidence locker room where the worked, police said.

7) D.C. Police Runaway Girls Scandal -- D.C. police officer Marc Washington was arrested on child pornography charges and veteran Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr. was arrested on accusations of running a prostitution ring after a missing girl was found at his D.C. apartment. Police are investigating whether the cases were connected. Washington died Dec. 11, 2013 after he was found in the waters of Hains Point. Rodney Williams, a 24-year veteran on the force, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree theft.

Williams was arrested following a tip from an MPD employee. Police have not said what he’s accused of stealing. He’s expected to appear in D.C. Superior Court later today.

Williams is one of about 110 officers who have been arrested in the last five years, including for murder and child porn, according to police.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier has argued that number of officers arrested is normal for a police department the size of the Metropolitan Police Department, with about 3,800 sworn officers.

That’s unclear. According to a 2012 report in The Washington Examiner, Philadelphia, a city with a police force nearly twice the size of Washington’s, with 6,600 sworn officers, had six officers arrested in the first half of 2012, compared to 19 during the same period as D.C.

Eighteen officers were arrested in Philadelphia in 2011, compared with 29 in D.C.

Lanier made the point last month while defending her department after one officer was arrested for taking nude photos of a 15-year-old runaway girl and another was charged with running a prostitution ring after a missing girl was found at his D.C. apartment.


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