WASHINGTON – D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a law firm’s upcoming report vindicates the police department’s handling of sexual assault complaints.
Lanier said in a statement Wednesday that the report’s findings “mirrored our own” and “reinforced our conclusions” that an earlier study was flawed.
The report from Crowell & Moring LLP is scheduled to be presented Thursday before the D.C. Council, which has scheduled a round-table discussion on the findings.
The report is expected to include a series of recommendations, including that an external adviser be used to determine whether reforms are properly implemented.
The report comes in response to a study this year from Human Rights Watch, which concluded that police had failed to investigate a large percentage of sexual assault complaints. Lanier has criticized the group’s research and methodology.
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