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Mayor Bowser's police power grab

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Black Lives Matter organizers rallying D.C. to speak out against mayor’s proposed police agenda

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will hold a press conference Thursday morning to outline her new agenda to reduce crime in the city — and Black Lives Matter organizers will be there to say her approach is wrong.

Bowser is expected to ask the D.C. Council to expand law enforcement powers, making it easier for officers to search individuals on parole or probation and immediately detain anyone found in violation of the terms of release. This announcement comes amid a citywide homicide spike — one that city officials says is partially driven by repeat offenders.

The D.C. region’s chapter of Black Lives Matter is calling on residents to attend Bowser’s press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the former Malcolm X Elementary School near the Congress Heights Metro station to express their concerns over her agenda. Nationwide, Black Lives Matter activists have called to limit police interventions, which seems to contradict with Bowser’s proposed new policies.

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