An Arlington-based legal investigative unit filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force D.C. police to turn over information gathered in last year’s fatal shooting of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.
The Profiling Project, headed by lobbyist and lawyer Jack Burkman, along with law students at George Washington University, filed the suit in D.C. Superior Court in hopes it can gain access to surveillance video from a camera at the Flagler Market, near where Rich was killed; the D.C. Medical Examiner’s report on the death; and the forensic ballistic report.
As part of the lawsuit, Burkman is asking that D.C. police release the information within 10 days. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine.
Rich, 27, was shot July 10, 2016, in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. D.C. police have repeatedly said that they think Rich was killed in a random robbery attempt, but several conspiracy theories have emerged about his death. No arrests have been made.
Brad Bauman, a spokesman for the Rich family, said in an email Wednesday that the family was not affiliated with Burkman or his lawsuit.
“The family remains completely confident in the Metropolitan Police Department’s handling of the case,” Bauman said in a statement.
— Keith L. Alexander
A 25-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday night in the Carver-Langston neighborhood of Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police.
The victim was identified as DeAndre Riley of Southeast Washington.
Police said the shooting occurred about 7:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Benning Road NE, and that the wounded victim managed to walk several blocks before collapsing in the 700 block of 18th Street NE.
No arrest has been made.
— Peter Hermann
Police are investigating the death of a 26-year-old man found dead inside his Hyattsville home with trauma to his body, Prince George’s County authorities said.
The man was identified as Matthew Mickens-Murrey. Officers, responding to a welfare check call, found Mickens-Murrey Tuesday at his home in the 5400 block of Newton Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The region has had more than 90 homicides this year, according to tracking by The Washington Post. Of those, 32 have been in Prince George’s County.
— Victoria St. Martin
The owner of Reston Town Center plans to allow free parking during weeknights, a response to a backlash in the Northern Virginia community over recently imposed fees that drove one restaurant group to sue for damages.
Starting Monday, visitors to the town center will be able to park free anytime after 5 p.m. on weeknights and for one hour if they arrive before then, Boston Properties announced Wednesday.
Parking at the Reston Town Center is free on weekends, holidays and for special events. At all other times, the fee is $2 per hour.
The new rules, plus planned upgrades to payment kiosks, will “address the primary concerns expressed by the community while still supporting the original goals of paid parking: protecting the parking rights of RTC tenants and visitors and augmenting revenue dedicated to community reinvestment,” Boston Properties said in a news release.
— Antonio Olivo