Last night in Brooklyn, two New York City transit cops stationed at a subway station at Lewis and Broadway in Bed-Stuy heard pounding above them. They walked up to the street to find a man with a cane banging on their patrol car. The two cops approached the man, who swung at them, striking one in the face. The other — naturally, because how else would two people subdue a man who requires the use of a cane — shot the man to the ground. He was taken to the hospital, as were the cops. Take a guess which of three will make it out of the hospital last.
Also last night, Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier addressed the cases of two policemen on her force accused of doing two very bad things. One, a 24-year veteran of the force named Linwood Barnhill, allegedly moonlights as a pimp. On Wednesday, police searched his home looking for a missing 16-year-old. They found her there along with an 18-year-old female, and the younger girl told the officers executing the search that Barnhill had arranged for her to meet with an older male, where the two would have sex in exchange for $80. The girl also told police that Barnhill took nude photos of her with his cell phone and that she had met a half-dozen other girls at his apartment.
This comes on the heels of another D.C. cop being hit with child pornography charges on Tuesday. That one, a man named Marc J. Washington, is accused of stripping down a 15-year-old girl and photographing her while in the process of investigating a claim that she ran away from home. On his phone, his colleagues in the police department found more photos of naked women, some of which appeared to be minors and others that were victims of domestic violence.
"We've come so far," Lanier said in her press conference on Friday. "We have people now who feel comfortable telling us about these complaints. It only takes one cop to shake everybody in our community."
Now she has two.
[photo of Cathy Lanier via Getty]