Marion Barry Taken Into Custody

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 5, 2009

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was taken into custody last night by the U.S. Park Police, a police official said.

"It's my understanding that he was taken into custody," Park Police Chief Sal Lauro said in a brief interview. Lauro said he believed that Barry (D-Ward 8) was picked up in the Anacostia Park area.

Lauro said he did not have details of the incident and could not say whether Barry had been arrested.

He referred calls to the Park Police spokesman, who he said was collecting details about the matter. When reached late last night, the spokesman asked for more time to explain what occurred.

WRC (Channel 4) broadcast a report last night saying that the matter possibly involved domestic harassment or stalking. The report was based on unnamed police sources.

Barry's attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., said last night that he had heard a "rumor" that Barry had been detained or arrested. Cooke said he had just returned from watching fireworks and was trying to "find out what's going on."

Barry, a former D.C. mayor, is known for his brushes with the law during a long career in politics and civic activism.

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