Peter Newsham Named DC Police Chief
Peter Newsham is the next chief of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the appointment official this morning. Bowser says Newsham exhibited leadership during last month’s presidential inauguration, and he is a trusted member of the community. Newsham has been leading in an interim role after Cathy Lanier stepped down in September to work for the NFL. The 28-year MPD veteran becomes the 12th chief in department history.
Body Found Blocks From CPAC Conference
Prince George’s County Police are investigating a body discovered just blocks from where thousands of major Republicans are meeting for the annual CPAC conference. Witnesses say a person dropped from the top of a parking garage in the 170 block of Fleet Street in National Harbor this morning. Investigators have not released details on the death, but they do not believe it was suspicious.
Town Hall Protests Raise Security Concerns
Angry protests are raising security concerns at GOP town hall meetings across the country. A House memo advises members of Congress to coordinate with local police if they plan to take part in a public rally or town hall meeting this week. Some Republicans have shrugged off the angry protests, while others are taking steps to limit or avoid rowdy crowds. Arizona Senator John McCain told the “Arizona Republic” he may opt for holding future meetings at private rather than public places to avoid having them “filled with demonstrators.”
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.