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What Were The District’s Biggest Civil Rights Victories?

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier

Since pretty much everyone has the day off except journalists, the downtime has been enormous.  I got lunch (a first in a long time). I paid off a cellphone bill and changed my cellphone plan. I even faxed some healthcare paperwork to a lab that was a week late. And I talked for a good while with an old college buddy. But I also got to thinking about the District's own recent civil rights victories.

The biggies that come to mind are the D.C. Council's passing of the gay-marriage bill. And the settlements that have come out of the protester cases. Both the Becker and the Barham cases awarded historic sums and legit reforms concerning police tactics. The Pearl Beale case also was rightfully lauded for its own historic settlement over the death of a D.C. Jail inmate.

What do you think were our biggest civil rights victories in recent years? Cathy Lanier becoming police chief?  Getting rid of the control board? Gay marriage? Pershing Park?

*file photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales

    In 'recent years' the biggest civil rights victory was the re-election of Mayor Barry. He is BLACK & we re-elected him despite the white people's tortures & propaganda.

    It sure as hell was NOT the appointment of the horse-faced ugly ugly ugly cunt Cathy Lanier, & certainly NOT the pussies who took a few cents to settle claims worth millions in the Pershing Park Gestapo action.

    Maybe Prof. Jonathan Turley's case will be a great victory - he & his plaintiffs have balls - but still, Marion Barry & his many trials & tribulations & victories despite the white devils, Marion Barry's life is the number one civil rights victory in DC.

  • Truth Hurts

    Please block hater Al before it's too late.

  • Tired of the BS

    Cathy Lanier's a joke entry right? The cop in charge of hog-tying the peaceful protestors?

  • noodlez

    HEY Truth Hurts! LOOK HERE SLIM I DONT THINK Comrade Comadante Al Gonzales IS GONNA TAKE THE BAIT.

    READ THE ARTICLES AND MAKE A COMMENT!

    DAMN!

  • noodlez

    THE DC RESIDENTS CIVIL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED WHEN THEY DID NOT ALLOW US TO VOTE ON GAY FREEDOM BILL.

    CHIEF LASSIE LANIER(AKA 6 DICKS) BECOMING A DOMINA-TRICK DOESNT QUALIFY!

    IT HAS TO BE GETTING RID OF CONTROL BOARD. THAT LIL DARK SKIN DUDE WHO WAS IN CHARGE WAS GRUMPY AS SHIT!

  • Douglas Sparks

    In the case brought by Pearl Beale following the brutal murder of her 24 year old son at the D.C. Jail, many dedicated lawyers helped bring about enormous changes in conditions at the jail. The link to Cherkis' 2008 Beale write up thoroughly chronicles the litigation and the sweeping jail improvements it triggered. Thank you CP for recognizing the impact of this case.

  • CityPAPER reader

    Noodlez,

    What are you saying in regards to Lanier?

  • noodlez

    THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE APPOINTED BECAUSE OF YOUR SPECIAL GIFTS (MOUTH BIG ENUF TO TAKE 6 DICKS AT ONE TIME) THAT DOESNT QUALIFY AS A CIVIL RIGHTS MOMENT.

  • sedcdude

    I heard Lanier was like a DEEP FREEZER, in the likeness that she stays full of meat! HA HA HA, LMBAO!!!

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