D.C. police are investigating as a hate crime the scribbling of an anti-Semitic slur on the brick wall of a recreation area in Georgetown.
It is unclear when the vandalism occurred, but a resident said he reported it to police Tuesday.
The slur, a derogatory term for Jewish people, has been removed from the wall on city property in the 1700 block of 38th Street NW, according to a police report filed Wednesday. The field is used by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. DCist first reported the incident.
— Perry Stein
The two Fairfax County civilian bodies created to monitor the police department investigations are ready to begin reviewing allegations of improper use of force and other misconduct, county officials announced Thursday.
The Independent Police Auditor and a nine-member Civilian Review Panel were appointed in response to questions about how the county handled an investigation into the fatal shooting of John B. Geer, an unarmed man, outside his home in Springfield in 2013.
The auditor will review cases in which someone is shot by a police officer, dies while in custody or is injured after an officer uses force.
The Civilian Review Panel will review investigations into alleged harassment by police, reckless endangerment and other cases of misconduct.
Complaints can be made by telephoning the independent auditor at 703-324-3459 or filling out a form at the Fairfax County website.
— Antonio Olivo
A Virginia woman was sentenced to more than three years in prison for putting cleaning agents in a coffee maker and poisoning her co-workers last year, prosecutors said Thursday.
In January 2016, people who worked with 33-year-old Mayda Edith Rivera Juarez of Sterling at a business in that city reported nausea and vomiting, among other complaints.
In February, Rivera Juarez pleaded guilty to one count of adulteration of food with intent to injure or kill, saying she put Windex in the coffee machine to sicken her supervisor, according to the Loudoun County Commonweath Attorney’s Office. She also said she put Ajax dish soap in the coffee machine and poured the soap into her supervisor’s coffee cup, the statement said.
Rivera Juarez,was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison, prosecutors said.
— Justin Wm. Moyer
Five days after white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed in Charlottesville, more than $800,000 has poured into crowdfunding campaigns for the medical expenses of some victims, according to GoFundMe.
On Tuesday, a University of Virginia employee and DJ suffered a stroke that friends said may have resulted from being struck on the neck Friday night by a Tiki torch wielded by a white nationalist. The man, 46-year old Tyler Magill, has got “a long road ahead of him, a lot of physical therapy,” said Lisa Moore, a nurse who was present and knows him.
Through GoFundMe, Moore raised more than $100,000 for Magill in a day, according to the fundraising page. It said more than 2,600 people contributed.
— Justin Wm. Moyer