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Lawsuit Alleges D.C. Police Practiced Illegal ‘Jump Outs’

An illegal police practice known as “jump outs” is facing increased scrutiny in Washington, D.C., fueled by recently released video deposition detailing how D.C. police leadership declined to investigate internal reports of the practice within their ranks. A “jump out” is when officers leave their vehicles to stop someone without suspicion or probable cause, searching for a reason to justify the stop, similar to old stop and frisk practices.

A sergeant with an 18-year history with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia sued it for allegedly engaging in the practice along with other wrongdoing, alleging she repeatedly reported the problems to her superiors and was dismissed, Eric Flack and Stephanie Wilson report for Wusa9. 

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